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Free Software Sentry – watching and reporting maneuvers of those threatened by software freedom
Updated: 3 hours 6 min ago

Socially- or Corporate- or Centrally-Controlled Surveillance, Censorship and Throttling is Not Media

5 hours 56 min ago

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http://techrights.org/videos/twitter-clobbers-users.webm

Summary: The 'social control media' situation is getting out of hand; in YouTube, for example, there’s a broad revolt against strict editorial control by Google and in Twitter it seems like ordinary users aren’t shown so much to people who actually “follow” them

AS we noted earlier this month, Twitter seems to be 'hiding' ordinary accounts, maybe in favour of “bigger” and “high-profile” accounts like celebrities and infamous demagogues, in effect transforming the platform into mainstream media without non-conformist views (for better “engagement”, even if that means more misinformation and suppression of free speech).

“I know for sure that it’s definitely not the same as before as I see the same in other accounts, starting at almost the exact same time.”I admit upfront that I do not understand the nature of the change and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. Users need to communicate with one another and may have to work ‘in reverse’ or sort of reverse-engineer what they’re doing in Twitter, the company; they’re not transparent and definitely not upfront about it, so we need to assess the outcome and try to figure out what algorithms are used to arrive at it. I know for sure that it’s definitely not the same as before as I see the same in other accounts, starting at almost the exact same time. Google did the same in YouTube months ago, hence we compared YouTube’s changes to Twitter’s.

The video above shows some related evidence, based on my personal account, which I stopped using last year (it’s just passively reposting what I publish elsewhere). In order to better understand what’s going on we kindly ask readers to check if they were similarly affected about 3 weeks ago. The patterns observed can help draw some conclusions, or at least form a better understanding. We want the hard facts. As we noted last year (in relation to Twitter becoming strictly JavaScript-only), there’s almost no press coverage at all about what goes on at Twitter on a technical level. Astoundingly enough, nobody deems it worthy of reporting.

“The patterns observed can help draw some conclusions, or at least form a better understanding.”Either way, social control media if not the World Wide Web as a whole is a monopoly over information; sure, anyone can in theory participate, but not everyone gets the same visibility (some get actively blocked, shadowbanned, deplatformed and so on).

Links 22/9/2021: Panfrost’s OpenGL ES 3.1 Conformanc and NovProg 3.2.0

6 hours 28 min ago

Contents
  • GNU/Linux
    • Audiocasts/Shows
    • Kernel Space
      • AMD Developer Discusses New Linux CPPC Drivers For Ryzen, Steam Deck

        In preparation for the Steam Deck launch in the coming months, AMD and Valve have been hard at work building a new CPU driver that will enhance the performance and power efficiency of Ryzen-based processors on the Linux platform. One of AMD’s developers, Ray Huang, shared details of the new driver in a presentation last Friday at the X.Org Developers Conference (XDC2021). You can check out the video below for full details.

        According to the presentation, the new CPU driver started development when Valve found problems with the current ACPI CPUFreq driver being used today on all Intel and AMD Processors running a Linux OS. The developer found performance problems with games using its Proton compatibility layer, that was caused by incorrect sysfs calls to Wine from the CPUFreq driver. This is particularly worrying because Valve needs this problem fixed if it wants the Steam Deck to run games smoothly with its custom Zen 2 SoC and Linux-based SteamOS.

        Once Valve contacted AMD about the matter, AMD also found other issues pertaining to the older ACPI driver, which were causing problems with Ryzen’s performance and power efficiency on Linux.

      • Linus Torvalds Has Revealed the Date of Linux’s Real Birthday

        Many people in the Linux community is celebrating Linux’s birthday on August 25, but is that the right date? Here’s the answer.

        We all know the story. In 1988, a young Finnish man entered the Helsinki University to study Computer Science. His name was Linus Benedict Torvalds. On August 25, 1991, after five months of development, the 21-year-old Linus Torvalds made his now-legendary announcement via mail to a Minix newsgroup.

        [...]

        For those who don’t know, Torvalds originally named his kernel “FREAX” – a mix of “free”, “freak” and and “x” (as an allusion to Unix). One can see that while Torvalds may be a great programmer and leader, he really should leave the process of naming projects to other people.

      • Graphics Stack
        • Panfrost achieves OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance on Mali-G52

          The open source Panfrost driver for Mali GPUs has now achieved official conformance on Mali-G52 for OpenGL ES 3.1, as seen on the Khronos adopters list. This important milestone is a step forward for the open source driver, as it now certifies Panfrost for use in commercial products containing Mali G52 and paves the way for further conformance submissions on other Mali GPUs.

          Conformance requires passing tens of thousands of OpenGL integration tests in a single run. Over the summer, we wrote hundreds of patches to fix failing tests. While no amount of testing can guarantee the absence of bugs, passing conformance gets us close.

          To ensure we remain conformant, we’ve upgraded our continuous integration infrastructure to run more tests before every merge. Ideally, we could re-run the complete conformance suite for every commit, but that’s infeasible when a single run takes 11 hours on commercial hardware. Nevertheless, with multiple devices, tuned test configurations, and multithreading, we can run 99.5% of the tests in our 10 minute pre-merge budget. This ensures to a high degree of confidence that Panfrost only becomes more stable each release without regressions. I would like to extend a warm thanks to Emma Anholt for developing the infrastructure required for this feat.

        • Rosenzweig: Panfrost achieves OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance on Mali-G52

          Alyssa Rosenzweig reports that the open-source Panfrost driver for Mali GPUs has achieved official conformance on Mali-G52 for OpenGL ES 3.1.

    • Applications
      • NovProg 3.2.0 released

        Added setting words written for current day
        Added support for Qt 6
        Refactored code
        Removed XPM icon
        Translation updates: Dutch, Lithuanian

    • Instructionals/Technical
    • Games
      • The wonderful adventure If On A Winter’s Night, Four Travelers is now on Steam

        If On A Winter’s Night, Four Travelers is a free point and click adventure that has hopped over from itch.io to Steam and it’s well worth grabbing as it’s free. Presented with some gorgeous pixel-art, it’s quite a treat and it won’t take you too long to get through with it being about 2-3 hours long so you can breeze through it with a coffee in an afternoon.

        A narrative-focused game giving you multiple perspectives with a horror theme, and it was something of a breakout hit when it appeared on itch with tens of thousands of downloads.

      • Star-Twine is a strategy game where you control light from a dying star now on Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Ten years after release Star-Twine from SPARSE//GameDev (Spring Falls) has come to Linux thanks to work from game porter and FNA developer Ethan Lee. Created originally by Eric Billingsley, who was lead programmer on Cuphead and is currently level designer for the upcoming release TUNIC.

      • Operation Riptide is live for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive | GamingOnLinux

        Operation Riptide is the 11th “season” for Valve’s free to play shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It brings with it new maps, an overhauled mission system, new ways to play various modes and more content to unlock like new agents, weapon collections, stickers and patches.

      • Proton Experimental adds more game-specific fixes in the latest update | GamingOnLinux

        Continuing to roll in more fixes, Proton Experimental has another update that’s small but it has some needed improvements. If you don’t know what Steam Play Proton is be sure to check our dedicated page.

        Following on from the update released on September 17 that got DEATHLOOP working across AMD GPUs and later NVIDIA GPUs there’s a small fix in this version of Proton Experimental for a “sporadic” lockup when starting the game. Want to pick up a copy of DEATHLOOP to try it? You can buy it from Humble Store and Steam.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs
      • GNOME Desktop/GTK
        • Emmanuele Bassi: Properties, introspection, and you

          It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a GObject class in possession of a property, must be in want of an accessor function.

          The main issue with that statement is that it’s really hard to pair the GObject property with the accessor functions that set the property’s value, and retrieve it.

          From a documentation perspective, tools might not establish any relation (gtk-doc), or they might require some additional annotation to do so (gi-docgen); but at the introspection level there’s nothing in the XML or the binary data that lets you go from a property name to a setter, or a getter, function. At least, until now.

          GObject-introspection 1.70, released alongside GLib 2.70 and GNOME 41, introduced various annotations for both properties and methods that let you go from one to the other; additionally, new API was added to libgirepository to allow bindings to dynamic languages to establish that relation at run time.

    • Distributions
      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family
        • Ubuntu 14.04 & 16.04 lifespan extended to 10 years

          Canonical has this week announced it is extending the lifespan of its Ubuntu 14.04 an Ubuntu 16.04 Linux operating systems by 10 years meaning that Ubuntu 14.04 first released back in 2014 will now be supported until April 2024 and similarly with Ubuntu 16.04 the OS will be supported until April 2026. Only a few years ago the company would offer five years of support but starting with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Canonical has been offering a massive 10 years worth of support through an Extended Security Maintenance program.

          “Continue to receive security updates for the Ubuntu base OS, critical software packages and infrastructure components with Extended Security Maintenance (ESM). ESM provides five additional years of security maintenance, enabling an organization’s continuous vulnerability management.

        • Canonical gives administrators the chance to drag their feet a bit more on Ubuntu upgrades

          There was good news today for administrators looking nervously at their aging Ubuntu boxes. A few more years of support is now on offer as Canonical brings 14.04 and 16.04 LTS into the 10-year fold.

          Users still running on 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), released back in April 2014, now have until April 2024 (up from 2022) to make the move to something more recent. 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), which dropped into Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) in April this year, has had this extended from April 2024 to April 2026.

          Ubuntu has been quietly updating its support and blog posts to reflect the change.

          The extension is a welcome one for enterprises, who might be reluctant to fiddle with that one server that has been plugging along happily for years without intervention, and should give administrators a little more breathing space. That is, assuming that somebody has coughed up for ESM, which requires an Ubuntu Advantage subscription (free for personal users or Ubuntu Community members, but otherwise requiring the spending of cold hard cash.)

        • Canonical extends Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS lifespans

          Canonical, the creator of the Ubuntu operating system, has announced that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ‘Xenial Xerus’ have had their lifespan extended and will now get ten years of life each. With the new extensions in place, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be supported until April 2024 (instead of April 2022) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will be supported until April 2026 (instead of April 2024). This puts them in line with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS which already have ten years of support.

          According to Canonical, the extension will give organisations time to balance their infrastructure upgrade costs by giving them more time to enact their upgrade plans. The news will act as a bit of a reprieve for companies that have been hit by the coronavirus over the year and a half.

        • Canonical extends lifecycle for Ubuntu LTS releases

          In a relief to any small and medium businesses (SMBs) running their infrastructure on Long Term Support (LTS) releases of Ubuntu, Canonical has announced it will extend the lifecycle of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS release by a couple of years,

          Canonical reasons that the extended lifecycle, which now sees the distros supported for a total of ten years, will give SMBs the leeway they need to balance their infrastructure upgrade costs, especially as businesses emerge from the pandemic.

          “Each industry sector has its own deployment lifecycle and adopts technology at a different pace. We are bringing an operating system lifecycle that lets organizations manage their infrastructure on their terms,” said Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, Product Manager at Canonical.

        • Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 Released for Supported Ubuntu Phones, This Is What’s New

          Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 adds support for Halium 7.1 and 5.1 devices, such as Samsung S3 Neo+ (GT-I9301I) and Google Nexus 6P, to access the gyroscope and magnetic field sensors, along with an initial and very basic implementation of a compass.

          In addition, this update improves the messaging app to offer users a more focused way of reading incoming messages by no longer popping up the keyboard automatically. Also, Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 comes with the 16.04.7 App framework to add compatibility for platforms that don’t offer direct access to QtWebEngine.

    • Devices/Embedded
      • Open Hardware/Modding
        • Automatically tune your guitar with Raspberry Pi Pico
        • Bringing The Quake Flicker To Life With A Hacked Light | Hackaday

          If you ever feel a pang of shame because you’ve been reusing the same snippets of code in your projects for years, don’t. Even the big names do it, as evidenced by the fact that code written to govern flickering lights back in 1996 for Quake is still being used in AAA titles like 2020’s Half-Life: Alyx. In honor of this iconic example of digital buck-passing, [Rodrigo Feliciano] thought he’d port the code in question over to the Arduino and recreate the effect in real-life.

          Since the Quake engine has been released under the GPLv2, it’s easy to pull up the relevant section of the code to see how the lighting was configured. Interestingly, lighting patterns were implemented as strings, where the letters from a to z referenced how bright the light should appear. So for example, a strobe light that goes between minimum and maximum brightness would be written as “aaaaaaaazzzzzzzz”, while a flickering light could be represented with the string “nmonqnmomnmomomno“.

        • Mini Wireless Thermal Printers Get Arduino Library (and MacOS App) | Hackaday

          [Larry Bank]’s Arduino library to print text and graphics on BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) thermal printers has some excellent features, and makes sending wireless print jobs to a number of common models about as easy as can be. These printers are small, inexpensive, and wireless. That’s a great mix that makes them attractive for projects that would benefit from printing out a hardcopy.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software
      • Cycles X Merged Into Blender 3.0 With NVIDIA CUDA/OptiX Support, AMD HIP Pending

        Cycles X as a modernizing of Blender’s Cycles rendering engine has now landed in the latest development code for Blender 3.0. Cycles X brings big performance improvements but does eliminate OpenCL support in the process.

        Cycles X was one of the reasons for the delay in the Blender 3.0 release to allow time for this Cycles overhaul to land. As of yesterday, the Cycles-X branch was merged into the Blender 3.0 code-base as a major renderer update.

      • Web Browsers
        • Mozilla
          • V3 onion services usage

            With the deprecation of V2 onion services right around the corner, it is a good time to talk about V3 onion services.

          • Location history: How your location is tracked and how you can limit sharing it

            In real estate, the age old mantra is “location, location, location,” meaning that location drives value. That’s true even when it comes to data collection in the online world, too — your location history is valuable, authentic information. In all likelihood, you’re leaving a breadcrumb trail of location data every day, but there are a few things you can do to clean that up and keep more of your goings-on to yourself.

            [...]

            For some apps, location helps them function better, like navigating with a GPS or following a map. Location history can also be useful for retracing your steps to past places, like finding your way back to that tiny shop in Florence where you picked up beautiful stationery two years ago.

            On the other hand, marketing companies use location data for marketing and advertising purposes. They can also use location to conduct “geomarketing,” which is targeting you with promotions based on where you are. Near a certain restaurant while you’re out doing errands at midday? You might see an ad for it on your phone just as you’re thinking about lunch.

            Location can also be used to grant or deny access to certain content. In some parts of the world, content on the internet is “geo-blocked” or geographically-restricted based on your IP address, which is kind of like a mailing address, associated with your online activity. Geo-blocking can happen due to things like copyright restrictions, limited licensing rights or even government control.

          • These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 100

            Fixed more than one bug

            Ava Katushka
            Itiel
            Michael Kohler [:mkohler]

      • FSF
        • GNU Projects
          • Oracle’s Next-Generation GNU Profiler “gprofng” Is Looking Great For Developers

            Oracle engineers have been working on “gprofng” as a next-generation GNU Profiler that can analyze production binaries. Oracle talked up Gprofng today during the GNU Tools Track as part of Linux Plumbers Conference 2021.

            Gprofng stems from Oracle Developer Studio’s Performance Analyzer and this new tool currently supports profiling C, C++, Java, and Scala code. Unlike the original gprof, gprofng is able to profile production binaries that do not need to be built with any special options or still have the source code available. Unmodified executable can be easily analyzed and a wealth of information provided.

      • Programming/Development
        • Perl/Raku
          • Everyone’s a (Perl) critic, and you can be too!

            The perlcritic tool is often your first defense against ​“awk­ward, hard to read, error-​prone, or uncon­ven­tion­al con­structs in your code,” per its descrip­tion. It’s part of a class of pro­grams his­tor­i­cal­ly known as lin­ters, so-​called because like a clothes dry­er machine’s lint trap, they ​“detect small errors with big effects.” (Another such lin­ter is perltidy, which I’ve ref­er­enced in the past.)

        • Python
          • Structural pattern matching in Python 3.10

            In the meantime, I thought I’d get to know the feature better by writing up my thoughts and some code examples in article form. As you can gather, I’m rather biased, but I’ll try to present the positives as well as just criticism.

            The pattern matching feature has no fewer than three PEPs (Python Enhancement Proposals) to describe it: [...]

  • Leftovers
    • Searching for Solutions to Alaska’s High Rate of Deadly Air Crashes

      More than five decades ago, a flight carrying Doug Groothuis’ father crashed while taking off from the northernmost community in Alaska. Labor leader Harold Groothuis was killed, as were the plane’s pilot and five other passengers.

      Doug Groothuis, who was 11 at the time, remembers being in his bedroom that November 1968 night and watching Walter Cronkite mention his father by name in a CBS Evening News report on the fatal accident in Barrow, now known as Utqiagvik.

    • Hardware
      • Keebin’ with Kristina: the One with the Grabbity Gloves

        early models blocked the user’s view of the results. The paper advances in a gentle arc via electromagnet as you fill up the page. Later versions used a mechanical escapement.

        The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball was the first commercially-sold typewriter, beating Scholes & Glidden’s Remington I (featuring the QWERTY layout) to market by a few years. The Ball was invented by the reverend Rasmus Hans Malling Johan Hansen, a teacher and director at an institute for the deaf and mute in Copenhagen.

    • Health/Nutrition
      • The False Premise of Healthcare Hotspotting

        On January 4, CNBC reported on a Freakonomics radio episode from November 2020 in which Whole Foods CEO John Mackey graced the world with his very astute and novel big idea for twenty-first-century health reform:

        I mean, honestly, we talk about health care. The best solution is not to need health care. The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, lifestyles and diet. There’s no reason why people shouldn’t be healthy and have a longer life span.

      • How Caffeine Addiction Changed History
      • Why Do Europeans Live Longer Than Americans?
      • Cost Disease Socialism: the Niskanen Center’s Unnecessary Fight
      • Republicans Urge Defiance of Biden Mandates

        Republicans say don’t comply When government tries to deny The freedom you’ve got To not take the shot, No matter how many folks die.

      • Global People’s Summit on Food Systems Kicks Off to Challenge ‘Corporate Agenda’ of UN Meeting

        Decrying the “corporate agenda” of the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit, thousands of farmworkers and food sovereignty advocates on Tuesday launched a three-day counter-mobilization “to expose and oppose the control of big corporations over food and agriculture.”

        “Corporations are out to further consolidate their control of land, seeds, agricultural inputs, and markets by embedding themselves even deeper into policymaking processes of the U.N. and its member states.”—Sarojeni Rengam PAN Asia Pacific

      • COVID Has Now Claimed More Lives Than the 1918 Flu Pandemic in the US
      • As the Pandemic Continues, College Students Return to a Different Campus

        Colleges and universities nationwide have reopened for in-person learning and students are grappling with an environment very different from the one they left. The administrative response to Covid has varied coast to coast, with some institutions mandating vaccinations, others requiring masks indoors, and still others simply offering recommendations. All students are dealing with new classroom guidelines and procedures, while many are experiencing on-campus life for the first time. To better understand the changes, we asked a range of students to tell us how Covid is impacting their college experience, including student organizing efforts for equity and justice.

      • Vaccine Equity Coalition Warns ‘Pathetic Trickles of Charity’ Won’t End Pandemic

        Ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s global coronavirus summit later this week, the People’s Vaccine Alliance is warning rich countries that mere pledges to donate additional doses to poor nations will not be enough to close the massive—and widening—inoculation gap that has left billions of people without access to lifesaving shots.

        “With up to 10,000 people dying every day, nothing short of redistributing the rights to produce the vaccines will be enough.”

      • Big Pharma Greed ‘Literally Killing Americans,’ Sanders Says Outside Drug Lobby HQ

        Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and progressive healthcare campaigners from across the U.S. rallied at the headquarters of Big Pharma’s top lobbying group on Tuesday to denounce the industry’s ongoing effort to tank Democrats’ prescription drug-pricing reforms, including a plan to let Medicare negotiate soaring medicine costs.

        “We cannot continue to allow the drug companies to charge us any price they want. We are saying enough is enough.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders

      • Campaign Slams Vaccine Makers for Fueling ‘Unprecedented’ Human Rights Crisis

        As part of the launch of a global campaign to hold governments and Big Pharma accountable for enduring vaccine inequality, Amnesty International on Tuesday published a report detailing how six pharmaceutical companies are driving an “unprecedented health and human rights crisis” by refusing to waive intellectual property protections and share vaccine technology with the Global South.

        “Profits should never come before lives.”—Agnès Callamard, AI

      • UN Chief Tells World Leaders To Their Faces That Vaccine Apartheid Is ‘An Obscenity’

        “The world must wake up. We face the greatest cascade of crises in our lifetimes.”—U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres

        Such vaccine apartheid “is a moral indictment of the state of our world,” he said, demanding that vaccine doses reach at least 70% of the world’s population by the middle of 2022—a plan that he said is entirely possible through cooperation between pharmaceutical companies, the World Health Organization, and other stakeholders.

      • Journalists in Europe, US Face Harassment over Pandemic Coverage

        Anti-media sentiment was on the rise before the pandemic, according to press freedom analysts. But it has intensified in part due to pressure from extremist and populist groups energized against public health mandates and vaccines, said Attila Mong, a correspondent in Berlin for the advocacy group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

      • Here’s why Amazon is lobbying the government to legalize marijuana

        The company’s effort began in June, when it said it would no longer screen prospective employees for marijuana use for positions not regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Amazon made the changes given data that shows certain cannabis policies disproportionately affect people of color, and due to a swath of states updating their own marijuana laws.

    • Integrity/Availability
      • Proprietary
        • Why EFF Flew a Plane Over Apple’s Headquarters

          The delay may well be a diversionary tactic. Every September, Apple holds one of its big product announcement events, where Apple executives detail the new devices and features coming out. Apple likely didn’t want concerns about the phone-scanning features to steal the spotlight. 

          But we can’t let Apple’s disastrous phone-scanning idea fade into the background, only to be announced with minimal changes down the road. To make sure Apple is listening to our concerns, EFF turned to an old-school messaging system: aerial advertising.  

        • Tim Cook Faces Surprising Employee Unrest at Apple

          Over the past month, more than 500 people who said they were current and former Apple employees have submitted accounts of verbal abuse, sexual harassment, retaliation and discrimination at work, among other issues, to an employee-activist group that calls itself #AppleToo, said Cher Scarlett and Janneke Parrish, two Apple employees who help lead the group.

          The group has begun posting some of the anonymous stories online and has been encouraging colleagues to contact state and federal labor officials with their complaints. Their issues, as well as those of eight current and former employees who spoke to The Times, vary; among them are workplace conditions, unequal pay and the company’s business practices.

          A common theme is that Apple’s secrecy has created a culture that discourages employees from speaking out about their workplace concerns — not with co-workers, not with the press and not on social media. Complaints about problematic managers or colleagues are frequently dismissed, and workers are afraid to criticize how the company does business, the employees who spoke to The Times said.

        • FBI withheld decryption key for Kaseya ransomware attack for three weeks: report [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The FBI allegedly withheld the release of a decryption key for almost three weeks that could have assisted groups crippled by the massive ransomware attack on IT group Kaseya earlier this year to unlock their networks.

          The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the FBI and other federal agencies made the decision to not give Kaseya the key while it pursued an operation to knock REvil, the cybercriminal group behind the attack, offline. Websites used by REvil went dark prior to the FBI’s planned operation.

        • Pseudo-Open Source
          • Privatisation/Privateering
            • Linux Foundation
              • Linux Foundation: Companies are struggling to find open-source talent

                The Linux Foundation and edX have released the 2021 Open Source Jobs report which reveals the struggle companies are having in finding talent.

              • Linux Foundation says companies are desperate for open source talent

                The Linux Foundation released its 2021 Open Source Jobs Report this month, which aims to inform both sides of the IT hiring process about current trends. The report accurately foreshadows many of its conclusions in the first paragraph, saying “the talent gap that existed before the pandemic has worsened due to an acceleration of cloud-native adoption as remote work has gone mainstream.” In other words: job-shopping Kubernetes and AWS experts are in luck.

                The Foundation surveyed roughly 200 hiring managers and 750 open source professionals to find out which skills—and HR-friendly resume bullet points—are in the greatest demand. According to the report, college-degree requirements are trending down, but IT-certification requirements and/or preferences are trending up—and for the first time, “cloud-native” skills (such as Kubernetes management) are in higher demand than traditional Linux skills.

                The hiring priority shift from traditional Linux to “cloud-native” skill sets implies that it’s becoming more possible to live and breathe containers without necessarily understanding what’s inside them—but you can’t have Kubernetes, Docker, or similar computing stacks without a traditional operating system beneath them. In theory, any traditional operating system could become the foundation of a cloud-native stack—but in practice, Linux is overwhelmingly what clouds are made of.

        • Security
          • Apache Ranger response to incorrect analyst report on Cloud data security

            A recent industry analyst report by GigaOm and sponsored by Immuta comparing Apache Ranger to Immuta paints an incorrect picture on the complexities of using Apache Ranger. We believe the report contains a number of errors and inconsistencies. Unfortunately the Apache Ranger Project Management Committee (PMC) was not contacted by the analyst firm during preparation of the report.

            We have attempted to contact the authors and members of the research team several times, requesting the opportunity to review the inaccuracies and have them corrected. Despite our many attempts to rectify the misinformation, no-one from the analyst firm responded.

            For the benefit of existing and potential users of Apache Ranger, it is important for Apache Ranger PMC to respond to this report with facts.

          • VMware Releases Security Updates

            VMware has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in vCenter Server and Cloud Foundation. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

          • NETGEAR Releases Security Updates for RCE Vulnerability

            NETGEAR has released security updates to address a remote code execution vulnerability—CVE-2021-40847—in multiple NETGEAR routers. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

          • ‘Shadow Code’ Creates Risk for 99% of Websites

            Shadow code — third-party scripts and libraries often added to web applications without security validation — pose risks to websites and jeopardize compliance with privacy regulations, according to new research released Tuesday.

            Third-party code leaves organizations vulnerable to digital skimming and Magecart attacks, the researchers also noted.

          • Suex to be you: Feds sanction cryptocurrency exchange for handling payments from 8+ ransomware variants

            The US Treasury on Tuesday sanctioned virtual cryptocurrency exchange Suex OTC for handling financial transactions for ransomware operators, an intervention that’s part of a broad US government effort to disrupt online extortion and related cyber-crime.

            Suex is registered in the Czech Republic but operates out of offices in Russia. According to the US Treasury, more than 40 per cent of the firm’s known transaction history involves illicit entities, and that it handled payments from at least eight ransomware variants.

          • Lumen Technologies’ Black Lotus Labs Proves Linux Executable Files Can Be Used as Stealth Windows Loaders [Ed: This is a Windows issue, not a "Linux" issue]
          • World-Class Cyber Protection Available for Rocky Linux Users
          • Privacy/Surveillance
            • Stop Military Surveillance Drones from Coming Home

              So Congress should do the right thing and enact Representative Ayanna Pressley’s amendment, Moratorium on Transfer of Controlled Property to Enforcement Agencies, to H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA22). It would greatly curtail the amount of dangerous military equipment, including surveillance drones, that could be transferred to local and state law enforcement agencies through the Department of Defense’s “1033 program.” It has already placed $7.4 billion in military equipment with police departments since 1990. 

              The program includes both “controlled” property, such as weapons and vehicles, and “uncontrolled” property, such as first aid kits and tents. Pressley’s amendment would prevent the transfer of all “controlled” property, which includes “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or drones. It also includes: Manned aircraft, Wheeled armored vehicles, Command and control vehicles, specialized firearms and ammunition under .50 caliber, Breaching apparatus, and Riot batons and shields. 

              Even without the Department of Defense landing drones into our communities, police use of these autonomous flying robots is rapidly expanding. Some police departments are so eager to get their hands on drones that they’ve claimed they need them to help fight COVID-19. The Chicago Police Department even launched a massive drone program using only off-the-books money taken through civil asset forfeiture.

            • HTTPS Is Actually Everywhere

              The goal of HTTPS Everywhere was always to become redundant. That would mean we’d achieved our larger goal: a world where HTTPS is so broadly available and accessible that users no longer need an extra browser extension to get it. Now that world is closer than ever, with mainstream browsers offering native support for an HTTPS-only mode.

              With these simple settings available, EFF is preparing to deprecate the HTTPS Everywhere web extension as we look to new frontiers of secure protocols like SSL/TLS. After the end of this year, the extension will be in “maintenance mode.” for 2022. We know many different kinds of users have this tool installed, and want to give our partners and users the needed time to transition. We will continue to inform users that there are native HTTPS-only browser options before the extension is fully sunset.

              Some browsers like Brave have for years used HTTPS redirects provided by HTTPS Everywhere’s Ruleset list. But even with innovative browsers raising the bar for user privacy and security, other browsers like Chrome still hold a considerable share of the browser market. The addition of a native setting to turn on HTTPS in these browsers impacts millions of people.

            • UK Leads the Charge Against End-to-End Encryption, Calls on Tech Companies to “Nerd Harder”

              More generally, the UK is working on what was originally called the “Online Harms Bill”, now rebranded as the “Online Safety Bill“, which aims to regulate online content and speech, and to force digital platforms to police their users more stringently. A key element of this new Bill is strengthening child safety online. That’s obviously a laudable goal, but one of the main ideas for doing this is weakening end-to-end encryption. In this, the UK government has been aided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), a charity that has been “looking out for children for 130 years” according to its own description. Unfortunately, it shares the view of many governments that end-to-end encryption is an obstacle to achieving that goal. Recently, the NSPCC published not one, but two documents that implicitly seek to undermine support for strong and effective end-to-end encryption. In its discussion paper on the topic, the NSPCC calls for “a balanced settlement that reflects the full complexity of the issues”:

            • The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

              The developments may seem like technical tinkering, but they were connected to something bigger: an intensifying battle over the future of the [Internet]. The struggle has entangled tech titans, upended Madison Avenue and disrupted small businesses. And it heralds a profound shift in how people’s personal information may be used online, with sweeping implications for the ways that businesses make money digitally.

              At the center of the tussle is what has been the [Internet]’s lifeblood: advertising.

            • Justice Department investigating Zoom’s China ties over Five9 deal

              The Justice Department cited “the foreign relationships and ownership” as a potential national security risk in a letter regarding the partnership with Five9, an American customer service company.

              As a result, Zoom’s $15 billion deal remains on hold.

    • Defence/Aggression
      • What Are the Prospects for Peace? An Interview with Mark Skidmore

        Mark Skidmore is a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Betty and David Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy, at Michigan State University. In 2017 Professor Skidmore and his team of graduates students discovered $21 trillion unaccounted for in the U.S. federal budget starting in 1998, continuing until the end of fiscal year 2015. We are extremely honored that he took the time to talk to us and share his views. His responses below are exactly as he provided.

        The questions here are not philosophical or abstract. They focus on the realities of the international power struggle unfolding in real time. They directly address the role of the U.S. in the escalating tensions and its capacity to reduce them. We also probe the role of everyday citizens in affecting the relationship the U.S. now has and will have with the rest of the world community.

      • “We Are Troy Davis”: 10 Years After Georgia Execution That Galvanized Anti-Death Penalty Movement

        Tuesday marks 10 years since the state of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis for a crime many believe he did not commit. He was put to death despite major doubts about evidence used to convict him of killing Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, including the recantation of seven of the nine non-police witnesses at his trial. As the world watched to see whether Davis’s final appeal for a stay of execution would be granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, Democracy Now! was the only news outlet to continuously broadcast live from the prison grounds in Jackson, Georgia. We revisit parts of our six-hour special report, featuring interviews with Davis’s supporters and family members who held an all-day vigil and those who witnessed his death by lethal injection, and speak with two people who were there when Davis was executed: Kimberly Davis, Troy Davis’s sister and an anti-death penalty activist, and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP. “We know that Troy Davis did make a mark on the world,” says Kimberly Davis. “We want to continue to fight until we demolish the death penalty, one state at a time.”

      • Anguished Lyricism: the Poetry of the Tortured

        The so-called interrogation techniques (EIT) that the CIA were taught to use by a pair of psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who they paid more than $80m of taxpayer money, could include any or all of the following:

        Damn, talk about your cures for writer’s block. They’ll have you back to trills and flourishes in no time.

      • The Rally for the Capitol Mob Fizzled, But This May Be the Calm Before the Storm
      • Michael Roberts on American Imperialism and Marx’s Law of Profitability
      • When It Comes to Letting Down Allies, Trumpism and Bidenism Have Much in Common

        Bidenism is turning out to be not so very different from Trumpism. Joe Biden carried out to the letter Donald Trump’s ruthless deal with the Taliban, agreed in February 2020, to abandon the Afghan government, which had been excluded from negotiations about its fate. European allies of the US learned little about the American pull-out plan from Kabul airport, even as it was under way.

        Now Biden has followed up his unilateralism in Afghanistan with his surprise announcing of an agreement for the US, along with Britain, to help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines to deploy against China in the years ahead. By arbitrarily cutting out the French from their $66bn contract to supply diesel-powered submarines, Biden behaved  in the true Trump tradition of causing greater outrage to an ally than dismay to a potential enemy.

      • The US Military, Post-Afghanistan

        When that vast complex, which President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about six decades ago, comes to my mind, I can’t help thinking of a song from the last years of the then seemingly endless Cold War. (How typical, by the way, that when the Soviet Union finally imploded in 1991, it barely affected Pentagon funding.)

        “The future’s so bright (I gotta wear shades)” was that 1986 song’s title. And I always wonder whether that future could indeed be nuclear-war bright, given our military’s affection for such weaponry. I once heard the saying, “The [nuclear] triad is not the Trinity,” which resonated with me given my Catholic upbringing. Still, it’s apparently holy enough at the Pentagon or why would the high command there already be planning to fund the so-called modernization of the American nuclear arsenal to the tune of at least $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years? Given this nation’s actual needs, that figure blows me away (though not literally, I hope).

      • Rep. Ro Khanna on Border Guards Whipping Haitians, U.S. Drone Strikes, Afghanistan & Ending Iraq War

        We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna about border guards whipping Haitians, U.S. immigration policy, raising the refugee cap, investigating the full 20 years of the War in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq.

      • Democrats Share Blame for Afghanistan

        I am sympathetic to any and all criticism of our intervention in Afghanistan. I was an early critic of the war and got beaten up for my stance by media allies of the Bush administration. But the very same liberals who now pretend they’re against the Afghan disaster stood by when it mattered and did nothing to defend war critics because Democrats—political leaders and voters alike—went far beyond tacit consent. They were actively complicit with the Republicans’ war, at the time of the invasion and throughout the decades-long occupation of Afghanistan.

        Now the deadbeat dads of defeat are trying to stick the GOP with sole paternity. This is a ridiculous attempt to rewrite history, one that damages Democratic credibility among the party’s progressive base, which includes many antiwar voters, and risks the possibility that they will make the same mistake again in the future.

      • The Other Cold War

        The Cold War was also a war on the cold. The United States and the Soviet Union considered the ability to successfully mine the resource-rich lands of their respective Arctic regions nearly as important as the ability to send a man (or a dog) into space. One would assume that the Russians had a natural advantage there, having decisively wielded the cold against prior foes. When the unusually early Russian winter of 1941 forced German soldiers to retreat, it was said that Hitler had not learned Napoleon’s “lesson.” In the winter of 1812, tens of thousands of French soldiers died of hypothermia or starvation as the Grande Armée withdrew from Moscow. In the midst of the Crimean War, Nicholas I would say that Russia could always depend on “Generals January and February.” But we all have our limits.

      • Corporate America Cashed In on the Post-9/11 Pentagon Spending Surge
      • Opinion | Family Member of Civilians Killed by US Drone Strike Demands Justice

        There are stories that seem to leap from the pages of the Old Testament directly into our newsfeeds. These stories slow down the frenetic pace of news consumption, forcing us to ponder what it means to exist in a world where such brokenness is possible—and sanctioned in the name of national security.

      • Opinion | How Corporate Profiteers Won the War on Terror

        The costs and consequences of America’s twenty-first-century wars have by now been well-documented — a staggering $8 trillion in expenditures and more than 380,000 civilian deaths, as calculated by Brown University’s Costs of War project. The question of who has benefited most from such an orgy of military spending has, unfortunately, received far less attention.

      • Progressive Democrats Fight to Limit Defense Spending

        The United States may have completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan last month, but Washington remains as committed as ever to expanding American empire. The House is poised to pass a military budget this week that’s even bigger than President Joe Biden requested, but left-leaning lawmakers are putting up a fight.

      • Eric Schmidt Cashes in on Artificial Intelligence Arms Race
      • It’s Time to Break Up the Military-Industrial Complex

        Two days after the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, the House Armed Services Committee voted to set the Pentagon’s 2022 budget. Given that US officials claim to be winding down decades-long wars, even maintaining current levels of military spending would seem a mystifying choice. But the committee didn’t just vote to maintain current spending levels. It voted to increase them by a whopping $24 billion.

      • Since 9/11, FBI Has Destroyed People Based On Their Race, Religion, Or Country Of Origin
      • Chinese Government Decides It’s Done Fucking Around, Forces Hong Kong To Engage In ‘Patriot-Only’ Elections

        Hong Kong is now just China. The last pretense of the region being anything but another Chinese province has been washed away.

      • U.K. Police Charge 3rd Man in Effort to Kill Russian Dissident Skripal
      • UK police identify GRU general as third suspect in Salisbury Novichok attack

        Detectives in the UK have identified a third suspect in the Novichok poisoning attempt on Sergey and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England in May 2018. Metropolitan police named the third suspect as Denis Sergeev, identifying him as a member of the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU.

      • JEDI contract might be no more, but case should live on, says Oracle: DoD only wants Amazon, Microsoft for new cloud deal [Ed: More nepotism, misuse, waste and corruption around taxpayers' money, bailout/subsidy to companies for no good reason; privatising governments and militaries...]

        Oracle has asked the US Supreme court not to dismiss its case over the $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, despite the US Department of Defense officially axing the $10bn procurement deal.

        “Cases do not become moot simply because a defendant issues a press release claiming to have ceased its misconduct,” thundered Oracle in a supplemental brief [PDF] in its action against the DoD, Oracle America, Inc. vs United States, et al, filed last week.

        “The government asserts that the Department of Defense mooted this case by cancelling JEDI, the procurement contract that Oracle has challenged,” complained Big Red.

    • Environment
      • Top Ad and PR Firms Exposed for Helping Big Oil Greenwash Their Climate Destruction

        On the heels of congressional Democrats calling the heads of fossil fuel companies and industry lobbying groups to testify about their role in spreading climate disinformation, campaigners published a report Tuesday exposing the contributions of major advertising and public relations firms.

        “There is no room for ad and PR professionals to continue promoting companies that are doing so much damage to our future.”—Duncan Meisel, Clean Creatives

      • Biden’s Global Climate Finance Pledge Likened to ‘Throwing Droplets at a Fire’

        President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he intends to work with Congress to double U.S. climate aid to developing countries, a commitment that environmentalists said is a step in the right direction but still woefully inadequate to the scale of the planetary crisis.

        “Biden’s climate finance pledge today is extraordinarily insufficient.”

      • #UprootTheSystem: Climate Movement Readies Another Global Strike

        Young climate activists including Greta Thunberg are gearing up for another global strike on Friday when they’ll demand that world leaders “uproot the system” to create a just future for all.

        “Time and time again the leaders today show that they do not care about the future, at least their actions don’t reflect it,” Thunberg said at a press conference Monday.

      • Ghost forests creep up U.S. East Coast

        It’s a term that points to the visceral changes of the landscape — going from lush green to a pale white — and the destruction of the area’s crucial role as a biodome and coastal buffer. These once-thriving forests are a direct result of climate change as the trees are suffocated by saltwater intrusion sparked by sea level rise and an uptick of hurricanes and superstorms.

      • Judge dismisses Greenpeace lawsuit against Walmart

        “Walmart sells more products packaged in throwaway plastic than almost any other polluter in the world. Big brands know their customers are growing concerned about plastic pollution, but instead of addressing real solutions they have opted for greenwashing,” he said in a statement.

      • Opinion | How ‘Build Back Better’ Could Undermine Climate Action

        Not that we needed the reminder, but the United Nations just pointed out that our current emissions reduction goals are inadequate when compared to what is necessary to address the actual scale of the climate crisis. The infrastructure proposal known as the Build Back Better Act is being touted as our best chance to get strong climate action under the Biden administration. Unfortunately, the fossil fuel industry and their allies in Congress are actively working to undermine what needs to be done.

      • Energy
        • Critics Say Big Oil Would Benefit From Bipartisan Bill’s Taxpayer-Funded Cleanup

          If enacted, a bipartisan infrastructure bill’s plan to plug abandoned oil and gas wells would force taxpayers—rather than polluters—to pay for cleaning up messes caused by drilling, according to policy experts, who warned Tuesday that congressional lawmakers’ proposal amounts to another multibillion-dollar subsidy for the planet-wrecking fossil fuel industry.

          “Concerned parties seem to agree on the scale of the crisis: millions of wells sit untended across the U.S., leaking toxins that pose public health problems along with the potent greenhouse gas methane, which contributes to the climate emergency,” The Guardian reported.

        • New information on the impacts of teleworking and new transport services on greenhouse gas emissions

          The three studies are part of the implementation of the Roadmap for Fossil-Free Transport, the aim of which is to help achieve the Finnish government’s pledge to halve greenhouse gas emissions from domestic transport by 2030. The studies were completed under the co-ordination of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

          According to the studies, teleworking could, on an annual basis, reduce emissions by up to 0.125 megatonnes, transport services by 0.080 megatonnes, and combined transport by 0.018–0.030 megatonnes by 2030. The results obtained in the various studies partly overlap, so the combined CO2 reduction potential of teleworking and transport services is not necessarily the sum of these results.

        • [Old] Electricity in the United States is produced (generated) with diverse energy sources and technologies

          Natural gas was the largest source—about 40%—of U.S. electricity generation in 2020. Natural gas is used in steam turbines and gas turbines to generate electricity.

          Coal was the third-largest energy source for U.S. electricity generation in 2020—about 19%. Nearly all coal-fired power plants use steam turbines. A few coal-fired power plants convert coal to a gas for use in a gas turbine to generate electricity.

      • Wildlife/Nature
        • Opinion | Avoiding Real Change: The Myth of Green Capitalism

          Heat waves, floods, droughts, and wildfires are devastating communities around the world, and they will only grow more severe. While climate-change deniers remain powerful, the need for urgent action is now recognized well beyond activist circles. Governments, international organizations, and even business and finance are bowing to the inevitable—or so it seems.

    • Finance
      • Billions of People Globally Who Need the Most Help Can Benefit from Changes in Economic Policy

        In the United States, the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to zero, and has created more than 3.6 trillion dollars since the pandemic began. Fiscal policy was also unprecedented, with a federal budget deficit of 15 percent of GDP last year, and projected at 13.4 percent for 2021. That is how we got increased unemployment benefits, an expanded child tax credit, unprecedented stimulus checks, expanded food stamps, and more, substantially lowering the US poverty rate.

        But billions of people live in low- and middle-income countries that do not have the same options. Since poverty is much more severe there, this is vastly more a matter of life and death. In June, the World Food Program estimated an increase of 121 million people who have become “acutely food insecure or at high risk” since the pandemic began. This is an “unprecedented” 81 percent increase; it could kill millions of people, especially children. Malnutrition in children significantly increases preventable deaths from other causes.

      • What Gives with Newspapers’ Graphic Artists?

        Granted a sea of type from the old pre-TV days won’t work well in today’s visual culture. But there is still the factor of balance to be weighed.

        Take, for example, one of our nation’s most serious newspapers – the New York Times. Editors used to value the front-page sections of the Sunday Times and use this space for the most important articles and features. Now editors favor graphic artists and have pushed the articles into reduced space or off the front pages of sections entirely. The readers are losing news content.

      • Report: McConnell’s Refusal to Raise Debt Ceiling Could Cost 6 Million Jobs
      • House Bill Would Blow Up the Massive IRAs of the Superwealthy

        Legislation currently making its way through Congress would take a sledgehammer to the massive individual retirement accounts built up tax-free by a select group of the ultrawealthy.

        The proposal, which is part of the infrastructure and tax package advancing in the House, targets the jaw-dropping IRAs accumulated by multimillionaires and billionaires such as tech investor Peter Thiel, which were first reported by ProPublica earlier this year. Those accounts — Thiel’s alone was worth $5 billion in 2019 — have allowed some super-wealthy Americans to turn their Roth IRAs, tools meant to incentivize middle-class retirement saving, into supersized tax shelters.

      • Mirror Crowdfund: Our New Paper On NFTs And New Scarcities

        Over the last year or so there has been tremendous hype around the concept of NFTs (non-fungible tokens). In my experience so far, people tend to fall into one of three camps surrounding NFTs. There are the “true believers”, who are obsessed with the space and believe it is going to change everything about creativity and culture (and, according to some, “ownership”). There are the skeptics, who insist that it’s a scam or the new tulip-craze bubble, and that NFTs are helping to burn down the planet with wasted energy usage. Finally, there’s a very large camp of people who insist that they just don’t understand NFTs at all and have completely blocked out the possibility that they could matter. I’ve been following the whole concept for a while now and I put myself in a weird place, potentially straddling multiple camps. I think there is a lot of nonsense in the space, and jargon meant more to confuse than to help — but at the same time, I think there really is something interesting in the potential of NFTs, though the real value may be in a different place than even NFT-boosters believe.

      • Was Occupy Wall Street More Anarchist or Socialist?

        It feels most apt to mark the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by reviving a debate that is resistant to resolution, open to endless disagreement, and primed for messy expressions of political ideology. How very Occupy!1

      • Reset Labor Markets With a Local Half-Time Job Guarantee

        In the wake of the Covid recession, state and local governments have the chance to remake local labor markets—and public assistance—by adopting a policy guaranteeing half-time employment at $15 an hour for every resident.

      • Press Response to ‘Tax the Rich’ Dress Proves AOC’s Point

        It’s like Lenin said: There are decades when nothing happens, and there are dresses where decades happen.

      • Cori Bush Introduces Bill to Circumvent Supreme Court Ban on Eviction Moratorium
      • Bush and Warren Lead New Bill to Protect Renters Nationwide From Eviction

        With millions of people across the United States facing lapsed eviction moratoria, joblessness, and expired unemployment benefits as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, U.S. Rep. Cori Bush and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unveiled a bill to help keep renters in their homes.

        The pair led dozens of lawmakers in introducing the Keeping Renters Safe Act of 2021 (pdf), which would clarify that the head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has the statutory authority to implement an eviction moratorium in the interest of public health, and call on him to do so in response to the current emergency.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics
      • Arizona Senate Poised to Report That Biden Beat Trump in State’s 2020 Election

        “The way some of these political RINOs [Republicans In Name Only] are doing this is they’re trying to argue that the [election] report should only be allowed to go and address the original construct of the report, the original assignment of the audit, and leave out other things that have been found,” Byrne told Creative Destruction Media’s L. Todd Wood.

        “The political class is going to try to come in and water this down,” Byrne said. “The Republican political class, the RINOs, the nobodies… They are going to try to water this down. I am sure they all have been promised federal judgeships or sacks of cash under a streetlight if they can get this killed at this late date or watered down. And I think the public of Arizona should go ballistic.”

      • Memo Uncovered Showing Trump’s 6-Step Plan for Pence to Overturn the Election
      • Progressives Urge Biden Admin to Overrule Senate Parliamentarian to Move Agenda
      • Opinion | Like FDR, Biden Should Welcome Special Interests Hatred

        President Joe Biden and his agenda are appropriately inspiring comparisons to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal. Biden himself has welcomed the comparisons, even traveling to Warm Springs, Ga., FDR’s famous getaway, to give a speech just one week before the 2020 election.

      • Civil Rights Activists Prepare for Sit-Ins If Manchin Won’t Budge on Filibuster
      • “We Need to Deliver”: Anger Grows at Sens. Manchin, Sinema over Obstruction of Democratic Priorities

        Democrats are still divided over President Biden’s sweeping $3.5 trillion spending plan to expand the social safety net, increase taxes on the rich and corporations, improve worker rights and combat the climate crisis. Senate Democrats are hoping to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill, but this will only work if the entire Democratic caucus backs the deal, and conservative Democrats have balked at the price tag. Progressive Democrats in the House, meanwhile, say they won’t vote for a separate $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate unless the reconciliation bill is part of the package. “We want to pass the full agenda that President Biden has set forth,” says Ro Khanna, a Democratic congressmember from California. “This is what President Biden campaigned on, and we need to deliver.” Khanna also discusses U.S. immigration policy, raising the refugee cap, investigating the full 20 years of the War in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq.

      • Sunrise Movement Targets Kyrsten Sinema for Obstructing Build Back Better Act

        Hours after 13 Sunrise Movement activists were arrested at the Students March on Congress for Climate Action in Washington, D.C., members of the youth-led environmental group rallied for a Monday evening protest outside Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Phoenix office to demand that the Arizona Democrat support at least a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that funds robust measures to combat the climate emergency.

        “While Sen. Sinema caters to fossil fuel executives in D.C., young Arizonans are outside her office demanding she listen to them as they face record drought and extreme heatwaves killing their communities.”—Varshini Prakash, Sunrise Movement

      • NDP Expected to Wield Power in Canadian Parliament as Trudeau Maintains Minority Govt

        “In this pandemic, people got more help because we were there, we were able to increase the supports to people. If people want more help, more New Democrats will make it happen.”—Jagmeet Singh, NDP

      • The Oversight Board wants answers about Facebook’s celebrity moderation program

        Cross-check (sometimes referred to as XCheck) is supposed to add an extra level of scrutiny to high-profile moderation calls that could cause controversy for Facebook. But the Journal claims it covered a huge swathe of 5.8 million people in 2020, and only 10 percent of the posts sent to the program got reviewed by Facebook’s second layer of specialized moderators. According to the report, users included in the program include Senator Elizabeth Warren, conservative commentator Candace Owens, and former President Donald Trump.

    • Censorship/Free Speech
      • Techdirt Podcast Episode 298: The Impact Of ‘Shadowbanning’

        The concept of “shadowbanning” comes up a lot in content moderation discussions — often from people who are spreading nonsense. But various means of deprioritizing content have been employed by platforms for many years. This week, we’re joined by Dr. Carolina Are, a researcher who recently released a paper on the subject, especially how it relates to nudity and censorship on Instagram. This week, she joins us on the podcast to discuss shadowbanning, how it works, and the impact it has.

      • Now Josh Hawley Is Threatening Google Over 1st Amendment Protected Expression

        What is it with annoying grandstanding Senators of both parties and their incorrect beliefs that they can bully private companies over 1st Amendment protected expression? Last week we wrote about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s bogus threats sent to Amazon regarding the fact that Amazon is selling books with “misinformation” in them. Right as that was happening, it seems that Senator Josh Hawley decided to do something somewhat similar, in “demanding answers” from Google regarding Google’s decision to reject ads from an anti-abortion organization.

      • Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

        Flagship phones sold in Europe by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”, Lithuania’s state-run cybersecurity body said on Tuesday.

        The capability in Xiaomi’s Mi 10T 5G phone software had been turned off for the “European Union region”, but can be turned on remotely at any time, the Defence Ministry’s National Cyber Security Centre said in the report.

      • Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

        Flagship phones sold in Europe by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”, Lithuania’s state-run cybersecurity body said on Tuesday.

      • Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

        “Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible,” Defence Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevicius told reporters in introducing the report.

    • Civil Rights/Policing
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality
      • ISPs Already Fighting FCC Plan To End Anti-Competitive Landlord Broadband Deals

        Earlier this month we noted how the FCC announced it would be taking a closer look at the dodgy deals big ISPs make with landlords to hamstring broadband competition. While the FCC passed rules in 2008 outlawing strict exclusivity agreements, big ISPs have, for years, tap-danced around the loose wording of the restrictions, often by simply calling what they’re doing… something else. ISPs also still do stuff like charging door fees just to access the building (making it tougher on less wealthy, small ISPs), or striking deals that ban any competitors from even advertising in the building.

    • Monopolies
      • Patents
        • Court of Appeal says AI cannot be patent inventor • The Register
        • Pride in Patent Ownership Act [Ed: This is clearly a misnomer as patents are not “Ownership” but a temporarily monopoly; Tillis is clearly shilling for his paymaster here]

          A bipartisan pair of Senators have proposed the “Pride in Patent Ownership Act.” The premise is that if you own a patent, you should be proud to own the patent — and actually record your ownership interest. The bill pushes this pride by requiring patent owners to record their ownership with the kicker that those who fail to record lose their right to punitive damages for any infringement that occurs prior to recordation.

        • AI inventor claims rejected in Court of Appeal patent ruling [Ed: How patent litigation giants/profiteers react to a sensible decision; if ruled on improperly, would that open up to insects applying for patents as supposed 'inventors'?]

          AI systems cannot own or transfer patent rights under UK law currently, the Court of Appeal in London has ruled.

          The case before the Court of Appeal concerned an appeal raised by Dr. Stephen Thaler, who has been seeking to patent inventions that he claims were derived from an AI machine called ‘DABUS’. The Court of Appeal found that only a person can be an inventor, and that as Dr Thaler accepts that he is not the inventor, he has no entitlement to the patent.

          However, there was a split in the judgment, with two of the three ruling judges – both leading authorities on UK patent law – in disagreement on the topic. This means that the UK Supreme Court is likely to be asked to rule on the core question of whether an AI system can be named as an inventor under UK law, and it could further expedite a change to UK legislation, specialists in patent litigation at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, have said.

          [...]

          In the High Court ruling, Mr Justice Marcus Smith held that the Patents Act 1977 provides that a person making a patent application must be a ‘person’ with legal personality, whether a human or corporation, and that a patent can only be granted to such a ‘person’ with legal personality. He determined that, because the inventor is by default the person entitled to the patent rights, it followed that existing legislation requires the ‘inventor’ to be a person with legal personality. The judge further held that, because patent rights are property rights, a machine is incapable in law of holding and transferring patent rights since it lacks the legal personality necessary to assign the rights to property or even hold those rights in the first place.

        • Small Changes to Tech-Background Requirement to become a Patent Attorney

          All of us who represent clients in patent cases before the USPTO share a common background. We all have a background in science or technology and we have all passed the registration exam (and paid the accompanying fees).

          [...]

          One problem: It seems that every year I have a law student who has a science or engineering degree that does not qualify in the list of appropriate Category A degrees (bioengineering; or a PhD in Chemistry). In addition, that student might not satisfy Category B either because of the stringent requirement of two in-sequence lab courses in either chemistry or physics. At times, my students have taken concurrent science class while in law school to make sure they qualify; others have taken the requirement as a sign that patent law is not the right field for them.

      • Trademarks
        • North Carolina Sued By Flying Dog Brewery Over Regulatory Body Refusing To Allow Sales Due To ‘Offensive’ Label

          Normally, when we talk about beer in these pages, we’re typically talking trademark infringement issues. Because of the creative way those in the exploding craft brewing industry have gone about naming their brews and designing their labels, far too often this results in disputes between parties over what is too similar to what, or who’s design is too close to another’s. While this specific story doesn’t involve trademark law or disputes, it does still exist due to the creative practice of labeling.

      • Copyrights
        • RLSLOG: Pirate Release Blog Pioneer Throws in the Towel After 15 Years

          After being founded in 2006, RLSLOG grew to become the largest and most recognized pirate ‘release blog’ on the Internet. In the years that followed RLSLOG weathered many legal storms and even referrals to the USTR, but today the founder of RLSLOG confirms that after 15 years, the site has thrown in the towel.

        • Appeals Court Revives Canadian Reverse Class Action Against BitTorrent Pirates

          Canada’s Federal Court of Appeals has revived a reverse class-action lawsuit from Voltage Pictures, which plans to go after alleged BitTorrent pirates. The lower court rejected this approach, as it would not suitable for file-sharing cases, but in a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals sees things differently.

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Agents of Monopoly: WIPO is Lobbying for or Reinforcing Microsoft Monopoly by Pushing Its Proprietary Software and Formats

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021 01:30:00 AM

Related (USPTO angle): USPTO Rewards Microsoft for Corruption at ISO by Teaching People Proprietary OOXML and Promoting Its Use | USPTO Craziness: Changing Rules to Punish PTAB Petitioners and Reward Microsoft for Corruption at ISO | Conflict of Interest: Microsoft and IBM Controlling the USPTO and Leaving GNU/Linux Users Shut Out (in the Cold) | Why Wouldn’t an Office That Grants Monopolies Support Microsoft Monopoly? | USPTO Promotes Microsoft Monopoly and Proprietary Software (Updatedx2) | David Kappos (IBM/Microsoft Lobbyist) Reported for Misuse of Authority and Conflict of Interest


The corrupt typically attracts the corrupt and protects the corrupt

Summary: The World Intellectual Property [sic] Organization — like the EPO (where António Campinos outsourced IT systems to Microsoft) — is choosing the most notorious/corrupt ‘tech’ ‘company’ (cult) instead of open standards and, as the links above show, this is nowadays done inside the United States and outside the United States as well, raising legal questions/ire

OVER a decade ago we wrote many hundreds of posts about corruption of Microsoft in the document formats dispute. Instead of accepting and adopting open standards Microsoft decided and insisted on openwashing its proprietary formats, which basically correspond just to Microsoft’s proprietary Office. The specifications contained not only Microsoft’s product name but also many versions of it. Retrofitting something proprietary — with binary enclosures! — into XML and then calling it “open” was an early example of the Open Source brand rotting to death. To quote Microsoft’s Jason Matusow, an integral part of the ‘Open’ XML corruption (further background in [1, 2, 3]): “More Open Than Open [...] I am constantly amazed at the flexibility of this single word.”

Yes, it had already become almost meaningless when he wrote this (around the time we coined the term “openwashing”).

Anyway, here we are more than a decade later and the corruption of Microsoft paid off. Agencies around the world shamelessly promote Microsoft’s proprietary formats as a de facto standard, as a default, and moreover financially penalise people who refuse to (or cannot) use Microsoft’s proprietary formats.

“…here we are more than a decade later and the corruption of Microsoft paid off.”Bar complaints against David Kappos notwithstanding (links above, still ongoing), we recently learned that WIPO is also rotten in the sense that it promotes Microsoft and discriminates against Microsoft’s rivals. “The USPTO has been bombarding me with E-mails about DOCX,” a reader has told us. “Just got one from the WIPO.” (It says “ePCT-Filing in Docx”)

To quote:

Dear ePCT user,

You are invited to join our next ePCT webinars on ePCT-Filing in Docx.

In these sessions you will discover the advantages of using Docx and you will be guided through the different steps on how to create a Docx specification to be uploaded in ePCT for receiving Offices accepting Docx.

Two sessions with the same topic and content will be provided to cover different time zones and are free of charge.

-Tuesday 05 October 2021: 09-10:30 am Geneva Time (CET) for Asia, Europe time zones, etc.

Registration link: https://wipo-int.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-7j8UAt7QGiD7MHavzxwCg

-Thursday 07 October 2021: 4:30-6:00 pm Geneva Time (CET) for North and South America time zones, etc.

Registration link: https://wipo-int.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KH8E-RyYTOGtIl1sVzhUpw

The PowerPoint slides are already available for download at https://www.wipo.int/pct/en/seminar/webinars/index.html under ePCT-Filing in Docx.

The two webinars will be recorded and made available on the PCT Webinars web page https://www.wipo.int/pct/en/seminar/webinars/index.html.

If you require further details, please contact pct.eservices@wipo.int

Best regards,

PCT Operations Customer Support Section

So are they trying to train people for Microsoft? Is this even legal? Well, WIPO is immune and cannot be sued. It’s like the EPO. It would be interesting to know who exactly was behind this decision and what was behind it. As we’ve seen countless times before, Microsoft does not play by the rules — it bribes, cheats, infiltrates, blackmails, and worse.

“Really, I’m not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.”

–Linus Torvalds

Links 21/9/2021: Windowsfx 11, New Chrome, and LF PR Noise

Tuesday 21st of September 2021 09:51:34 PM

Contents
  • GNU/Linux
    • Desktop/Laptop
      • The Framework is the most exciting laptop I’ve ever used

        The Framework laptop is the first laptop to ever score a 10/10 from Ifixit for repairability. But it’s no thick-as-a-brick throwback the size of a 2005 Thinkpad — it’s approximately the same dimensions as a MacBook.

      • Windowsfx 11, a Linux flavored like Windows 11 and without the need for TPM

        Windowsfx 11 is the new version of another of the GNU / Linux distributions that They try to bring the free system closer to Windows users using the fantastic visual and interface customization capabilities of Linux.

        Windowsfx already had custom versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10 and before Microsoft publishes the final version of Windows 11 they already have the one dedicated to the new system. And it offers what is expected. Windowsfx 11 Preview for x86 adapts the user interface to what Windows 11 offers, the general visual appearance and icons, a new start menu or the default centered start panel, as well as using Wine 6 to run Windows applications.

    • Audiocasts/Shows
      • Announcing a New Video Series: Video Editing with Linux

        When we were designing the Librem 14, we wanted it to be our dream laptop in all possible respects. This meant squeezing the most resources we could fit in there that could run coreboot and PureBoot. We settled on a tenth generation Intel i7 10710U CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads and combined with up to 64GB RAM and fast NVMe storage, we feel this is a great laptop for resource-intensive tasks like video editing.

        Instead of just telling you about it, we thought it would be useful to show you. While we could just do a high-level marketing video that demonstrated a bit of video editing on the Librem 14, we thought it would be better (and more aligned with our Social Purpose) to invest in a complete tutorial series that would teach people how to edit videos on a Librem 14 running PureOS.

        We thought who better to teach you how to edit videos in Linux than someone who does it professionally, so we partnered with Gardiner Bryant to produce a complete series. This series will cover all the major aspects of video editing from selecting video editing software through to each step in the process.

      • GhostBSD 21.09.06 Quick overview #Shorts – Invidious
      • Why Universal Linux Apps are GREAT! – Invidious

        Universal Linux Apps/Packages (Flatpaks, Snaps, AppImages) seem to get a lot of hate in the Linux community, but why?! In this video, I talk about why this type of technology is not only necessary, but a good thing.

    • Kernel Space
      • Graphics Stack
        • AMD Extending DWARF To Better Handle GPU Debugging, Continues Collaborating With GCC & LLVM – Phoronix

          In addition to AMD’s increasing Linux kernel contributions, they are also contributing more improvements in user-space too thanks to their super-computing wins and other big enterprise deployments that are Linux-based. One of the areas talked about this week at the Linux Plumbers Conference with the GNU Tools track is how they are working to extend the DWARF debug format to better handle GPU debugging.

          AMD engineers have been working on extensions to the DWARF debugging data format to cater to SIMT/SIMD debugging with a particular focus on GPUs/accelerators. They are ultimately hoping these improvements will make it into the DWARF Version 6 format to come in the future.

        • Mesa 21.3 Lands Initial Radeon Ray-Tracing Support In Open-Source RADV Vulkan Driver – Phoronix

          Landing overnight into Mesa 21.3 was experimentally enabling the Vulkan ray-tracing extensions within the open-source Radeon “RADV” driver.

          The current conditions for this experimental ray-tracing in RADV are using RDNA2 / Radeon RX 6000 series or newer (GFX 10.3+), using the default ACO compiler back-end and not the AMDGPU LLVM shader compiler, and using the “RADV_PERFTEST=rt” environment variable for enabling the extensions.

        • Vulkan Video Decoding Still In The Early Stages For Open-Source – Phoronix

          Going public back in April was the provisional specification around the Vulkan Video extensions as a new industry-standard video encode/decode interface. While several months have passed, there hasn’t been much activity yet in the open-source space around Vulkan Video.

          As it stands now on Linux there are NVIDIA Vulkan beta driver builds supporting the Vulkan Video extensions but there isn’t any support elsewhere whether it be closed or open-source Linux drivers… Sadly, nothing yet from the Mesa Vulkan drivers.

    • Applications
      • Samba 4.15 Released With Improved CLI Experience, Modernized VFS Interface

        While there is now KSMBD with Linux 5.15 for offering an in-kernel SMB file server, its scope is much more limited than that of the Samba project in user-space. With that said, Samba 4.15 is out now with its latest batch of features and improvements for open-source SMB/CIFS support on Linux and other platforms.

        Samba 4.15 brings an overhaul to its command-line interface handling, a modernized VFS interface, multi-channel support no longer being experimental, and other enhancements.

      • Foreman 3.0 crams Puppet ENC into plugin, takes steps towards better UX • DEVCLASS

        Server lifecycle management project Foreman recently saw its third major release, which provides users with a couple of changes that should align the tool somewhat closer with their actual workflow.

        Amongst the main features of version 3.0 is a still experimental reimagining of the UI’s host detail page. Instead of admins having to click through tabs to get more information about a given host, those details are now readily available on the main host page, along with a central indicator of its status and the usual audit and job data. Users interested in this kind of display can activate the new host page by setting the “Show Experimental Labs” setting in the generic administration settings to yes and selecting “New Details Page” from the host’s dropdown action button.

        A couple of things — such as the edit button and the menu next to it — still don’t work as intended, and having the option to customise the page would make the new UI even more useful, but it surely is a good first step towards making the page more user-friendly. The Foreman team also promised to get rid of the malfunctions mentioned in version 3.0.1 and asked for additional feedback on the new details page, so users have a good chance of getting their submitted issues fixed quickly if they start testing soon.

    • Instructionals/Technical
      • The Differences between Su, Sudo Su, Sudo -s and Sudo -i – Make Tech Easier

        There are many different ways to get a root session in the Linux terminal. This can create some confusion, as most beginning users who are looking to gain root privileges might not be familiar with how each command can gain root access, how they are different and when these differences matter. Here we take apart each of the many different commands used to gain root access in a terminal, explain how they gain root, when to use them, and everything in between.

      • Looking at your Linux system’s network interface with ethtool | Network World

        The ethtool utility on Linux allows you to view and change some of your network-driver and interface-card settings, especially for wired devices. These include their speed, whether the interface uses auto-negotiation, and whether it runs in half- or full-duplex mode. Ethtool also provides an easy way to view or troubleshoot your network interface.

      • Instructions: Encrypt home directories under Linux with Gocryptfs

        Confidential data on notebooks, shared PCs and servers in third-party data centers require special protection – through encryption. This should be done as transparently as possible so that it does not interfere with the usual work. A Linux system completely encrypted with Cryptsetup, for example, protects the contents of the data media from outside parties, but not from other users or the system administrator. Individually encrypted home directories do this. If users log in with their login password, they simultaneously unlock the master key, which only gives access to their personal directory. If you log off again, the files are only available in encrypted form. They cannot be viewed even with root rights.

      • How To Install Nessus Scanner on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nessus Scanner on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Nessus is an open source remote security scanning tool, which scans a computer and raises an alert if it discovers any vulnerabilities that malicious could use to gain access to any computer you have connected to a network. Nessus provides detailed system security reports which will be very helpful for fixing any vulnerabilities and make the server more secure.

        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 Nessus vulnerability scanner on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Add a DNS server on the fly
      • Linux: manage software packages with Bauh

        Package managers are a fine thing: They install all the components of an application in the correct directories, keep the components up-to-date and, if necessary, clean them from the hard drive without leaving any residue. A program can be found and installed quickly using the search function. While packages from the distribution repositories have so far dominated Linux, applications are now also reaching many Linux systems from sources other than Flatpak, Snap or AppImage. The advantages are obvious: libraries and runtime environments are included in the correct version, the programs can be updated independently of the system, are easy to set up and work on most Linux systems.

        While you can set up Snap packages with Ubuntu directly via the software management, applications in Flatpak format are available, for example, via the Flathub repository. AppImages, on the other hand, can often be found directly on the project website of an application. The package manager Bauh offers more direct access: its graphical user interface can be used to conveniently find, install, update, delete and start applications in various package formats. The name Bauh (pronounced Ba-uh) comes from the Brazilian Portuguese and means something like chest or box.

      • Install GIMP 2.10.28 In Ubuntu 20.04 / Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        Gimp is an open-source Image editor and designing software and it is the biggest alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

        It is a cross-platform software and is available for all operating systems ie windows, Linux, and mac-OSX.

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install GIMP 2.10.28 in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Linux Mint

      • How to Reboot Your Linux PC or Server With a Single Command

        Sooner or later, you’re going to have to reboot your Linux system. Whether you need to fix a problem or want to restart your system after installing updates, you can do it in the command line, just as with everything else in Linux.

      • How to Generate Temporary Email Addresses Using the Linux Terminal

        Email inboxes are like your digital postbox for receiving important messages. A lot of websites require you to sign up with your email before you can fully access their services or products.

        However, giving away your personal or work email address to shady websites can lead to a cluttered inbox full of unwanted newsletters, spam, and possible data breaches. To avoid this, you might be inclined to use a temporary email service.

        Find out how you can do just that right from the Linux terminal.

      • How To Install OpenLiteSpeed on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenLiteSpeed on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenLiteSpeed is an open-source, high-performance, and lightweight HTTP web server that comes with a web administration interface to manage and serve websites. According to the official website of the project, OpenLiteSpeed combines speed, security, scalability, optimization, and simplicity in one friendly open-source package.

        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 through the step-by-step installation of the OpenLiteSpeed web server on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • How to Install Docker on Rocky Linux 8

        Docker is a virtualization platform that allows you to create isolated development containers. Introduced in 2013, Docker provides the ability to easily run your applications on any machine regardless of operating system or platform. Today, many developers use Docker for testing and deploying their apps within containers. Containers are resource-isolated virtual instances that provide the ability to run several isolated systems on a single host machine.

      • How to Install ProFTPD on Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is still a widely used technology to move files over a computer network. It is famous for being lightweight, easy to set up and use. FTP has a bad reputation as an insecure protocol because it transmits passwords and data in plain text. However, modern FTP servers like ProFTPD support FTP over TLS, so the connection is encrypted using TLS/SSL. In this tutorial, I will show you how to configure ProFTPD so that the connection is encrypted using TLS.

        ProFTPd is an open source FTP server application that allows you to set up your own FTP servers on Linux machines, even more so if they are dedicated servers or cloud instances. We are going to install the latest version of ProFTPD on an Ubuntu 20.04 machine using Focal Fossa repositories, but it should work fine on most Debian-based distributions as well. We also set up TLS to secure the FTP connections.

      • How to Install Joomla on Debian 11 – Unixcop

        Joomla is a popular and widely used CMS (Content Management System) used for creating websites with little or no knowledge in markup or web programming languages.

        Also It ships with lots of PHP code, plugins, and themes that can help you get started from the ground up in no time.

        In this guide, we are going to demonstrate how you can install Joomla CMS on Debian 11.

      • How to install phpMyAdmin on Rocky Linux – TechRepublic

        If you’re a database administrator, and you have to manage either MySQL or MariaDB on your data center servers, you know the benefit of having a good GUI to make the task a bit more efficient. And if your servers have migrated from CentOS to Rocky Linux, you might be a bit worried about getting such a GUI up and running. Fret not. There’s always phpMyAdmin.

        The problem with phpMyAdmin is that the installation on Rocky Linux (and most RHEL clones) isn’t nearly as straightforward as it is with Ubuntu. But I’m going to help you out with that. Once you’ve walked through this tutorial, you’ll have phpMyAdmin up and running in minutes.

      • How to Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu Linux [GUI and Terminal]

        This beginner’s tutorial discusses both GUI and terminal methods of installing AnyDesk on Ubuntu-based Linux distributions.

      • Configure bonding and teaming on Debian 11 – Unixcop

        NIC teaming presents an interesting solution to redundancy and high availability in the server/workstation computing realms. With the ability to have multiple network interface cards, an administrator can become creative in how a particular server accessed or create a larger pipe for traffic to flow through to the particular server.

        This guide will walk through teaming of two network interface cards on a Debian 11 system. we will be using the The ifenslave software to attach and detach NICs from a bonded device.

        The first thing to do before any configurations, is to determine the type of bonding that the system actually needs to implemented. There are six bonding modes supported by the Linux kernel as of this writing. Some of these bond ‘modes‘ are simple to setup and others require special configurations on the switches in which the links connect.

      • Bash Scripting – For Loop Explained With Examples – OSTechNix

        In Bash shell scripting, Loops are useful for automating repetitive tasks. When you have to repeat a task N number of times in your script, loops should be used. There are three types of loops supported in bash.

      • An AWK histogram with scaling

        It’s not hard to build a frequency-of-occurrence histogram with AWK, but scaling the histogram bars is a little bit trickier. By “scaling” I mean setting the longest bar to a defined character length in the terminal, and adjusting the lengths of all the shorter bars proportionally.

        I wanted a scaled histogram so I could visually compare the lengths of data items (number of characters) in a tab-separated field. It’s one of the ways I look for truncation in the field, because there are sometimes suspicious bulges or spikes in frequency at 50, 80, 100, 200 or 255 characters. This suggests that some of the data items have come from a database whose fields had character limits, and data items at these bulges need checking.

    • Games
      • Juice Galaxy (formerly Juice World) is the funniest game I’ve seen this month | GamingOnLinux

        Juice Galaxy (formerly Juice World) is a thoroughly weird game. It’s not finished yet but the developer clearly has a good and completely bizarre idea that I can’t help laugh at.

        The developer doesn’t give it much of a description simply stating it’s “a happy place to fly around and smack things and drink juice. And explore things. And just, flip around doing stuff” and yeah it’s accurate enough I suppose. It’s another one of those silly-physics games where you’re all a bit wobbly dressed up as a 3D action-adventure.

      • Coding History: 3D from Mode7 to DOOM needs a last push for their open source 3D engine | GamingOnLinux

        Coding History: 3D from Mode7 to DOOM is a Kickstarter campaign from game developer Eniko, founder of Kitsune Games (Kitsune Tails, Super Bernie World, MidBoss, and more) to create a special tutorial series about how to replicate 3D effects seen in classic retro 3D games from the 80s and 90s.

        It’s already funded and we’ve covered it before because it’s incredibly interesting. Spread across multiple episodes it will detail techniques with open source example projects released that were used for each episode. Thanks to the funding amount around 12 episodes will be made, however there’s a bigger goal.

        One stretch goal (that was hit) at $32,000 was to create a “fully open-source, MIT-licensed, software 3D rendering engine for the modern age, available to everyone to use in making your own retro flavored games, completely free of charge”. If the Kickstarter campaign manages to hit $55,000 it will also see Ethan Lee, developer of FNA and who ported tons of games to Linux and macOS, come on board to ensure it has awesome cross-platform support. Currently the campaign is little over $3,000 away from hitting that goal with 52 hours left.

      • The free beat ‘em up MannaRites recently added a big Adventure Mode | GamingOnLinux

        One we’ve covered briefly before is MannaRites, a free game that gives you a classic beat ‘em up experience that recently expanded with a whole new mode.

        “Fantasy beat’em’up with a bit of RPG flavor and couch co-op. Explore open map, fight brutal enemies, find and equip weapons, armor and artifacts, make your hero stronger by gaining experience and learning unique perks and combat moves!”

        Adding the Adventure Mode, the developer explained that it’s likely the biggest update to the free game yet that includes new missions, new enemies, new challenges, new bosses and also 13 new Steam Achievements too.

      • How To Play Final Fantasy XIV On Linux #SteamProton – Invidious

        Final Fantasy XIV is a juggernaut of an MMO despite releasing 11 years ago! Want to play it on Linux? There’s good news, and there’s bad news.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs
      • GNOME Desktop/GTK
        • This Extension Always Hide GNOME Top Bar (Except in Overview) in Ubuntu

          For PC / notebook has a small display, it’s possible to hide the top panel in GNOME desktop to get more spaces and/or focus on your work.

          There’s a ‘Hide Top Bar‘ extension that enables ability to auto-hide the top bar, just like the left dock does. However, in this tutorial I’m going to introduce another extension.

          It’s a very light extension that the developer promoted it has no options and no bugs! It will ALWAYS hide the top-bar, except only in overview screen. Just like GNOME shows the dock only in overview without Ubuntu Dock (Dash-to-dock) extension.

          The extension will also disable the top-left hot-corner, which is used to trigger the ‘Activities‘ overview. It’s designed for those who are accustomed to start overview screen using the Windows (or Super) key, or three-finger touchpad gestures in GNOME 40 (defaults in Ubuntu 21.10).

    • Distributions
      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora
        • This is your final warning to re-certify, Red Hat tells tardy sysadmins

          Red Hat has told certified admins they need to re-certify by Christmas – or else.

          A Monday post by director of certification Randy Russell pointed out that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Linux-slinging outfit extended the validity of certifications and allowed cancellation and/or re-scheduling of exams.

          The IBM-owned distro giant also launched a remote examination facility, so that even those under lockdown or who would rather not venture to an examination facility could take Red Hat’s tests.

          Now the biz has decided that its months of deferrals and extensions must end. Current certifications will expire on December 31, 2021 unless renewed.

        • Use Snap ML to concurrently work on various machine learning projects – IBM Developer

          Snap ML adheres fully to the familiar scikit-learn API, offering ease of use. Data scientists using Python and scikit-learn functions can dramatically accelerate their applications by adding a single line of code, namely importing the Snap ML library. In addition, Snap ML interfaces seamlessly with scikit-learn data structures, offering users the broad spectrum of scikit-learn functions for tasks like data processing and feature engineering.

          For a team of data scientists to efficiently work concurrently on various machine learning projects, it’s crucial to be able to share resources effectively. With Watson Studio GPU Elastic Computing in IBM Cloud Pak for Data (available with the Watson Machine Learning Accelerator base service), GPU resources can be shared seamlessly across teams of data scientists. By combining Watson Studio, for fair resource sharing, and Snap ML, for high-performance model training and inference, teams of data scientists can experiment with data faster, leading to more insights and associated productivity increases.

        • Managing artifacts with Red Hat Satellite and JFrog Artifactory

          Red Hat Satellite is a systems management solution that can help an organization deploy, configure and maintain systems across multi-cloud environments and on-premises environments. Satellite provisions, monitors and remotely manages Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments in a single centralized tool.

          JFrog Artifactory is a universal repository manager for binary life cycle management of artifacts, providing end-to-end management of artifacts throughout the software lifecycle process.

          The purpose of this post is to show how Artifactory’s repository management helps organize and distribute Satellite’s life cycle management capabilities to downstream layers to keep Enterprise Linux systems running with consistent packages across the enterprise.

        • Red Hat Insights and the delivery of a new security recommendation

          This is one story of how Red Hat Insights created a new recommendation to address a high impact vulnerability that might affect Red Hat customers. Red Hat Insights does this regularly for issues that involve Red Hat products, but what makes this one interesting is that it shows that Red Hat Insights can alert on high-visibility issues that are not delivered by Red Hat.

          In this case, a 3rd party vulnerability was made public on September 16. Red Hat developed and tested a detection mechanism for the issue, then created a series of new Insights recommendations to enable our customers to detect it.

          This answers two of the common questions we get about the Advisor service that is one of the services offered as a part of Red Hat Insights – how are new recommendations made, and how fast can they be created?

        • Beyond innovation: Digital Public Goods Alliance finds Fedora Linux to be a digital public good

          In the Fedora Project community, we look at open source as not only code that can change how we interact with computers, but also as a way for us to positively influence and shape the future. The more hands that help shape a project, the more ideas, viewpoints and experiences the project represents — that’s truly what the spirit of open source is built from.

          But it’s not just the global contributors to the Fedora Project who feel this way. Today, I’m pleased to say that Fedora Linux has been recognized as a digital public good by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA), a significant achievement and a testament to the openness and inclusivity of the project.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family
        • Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 Each Get a Decade of Support from Canonical
        • Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 lifecycle extended to ten years | Ubuntu

          Canonical announces the lifecycle extension of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ and 16.04 LTS ‘Xenial Xerus’ to a total of ten years. This lifecycle extension enables organizations to balance their infrastructure upgrade costs, by giving them additional time to implement their upgrade plan. The prolonged Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) phase of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS enables a secure and low-maintenance infrastructure with security updates and kernel livepatches provided by Canonical. The announcement represents a significant opportunity for the organisations currently implementing their transition to new applications and technologies.

          “With the prolonged lifecycle of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 LTS, we’re entering a new page in our commitment to enabling enterprise environments” said Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, Product Manager at Canonical. “Each industry sector has its own deployment lifecycle and adopts technology at a different pace. We are bringing an operating system lifecycle that lets organisations manage their infrastructure on their terms.”

        • Download official wallpaper for Ubuntu Linux 21.10 Impish Indri

          Ubuntu is an open source operating system or operating system, built from the Linux kernel, based on Debian and using GNOME as the desktop environment of its latest version with long-term support. It is developed by Canonical Ltd. Wikipedia

    • Devices/Embedded
      • Fight Disease With A Raspberry Pi

        Despite the best efforts of scientists around the world, the current global pandemic continues onward. But even if you aren’t working on a new vaccine or trying to curb the virus with some other seemingly miraculous technology, there are a few other ways to help prevent the spread of the virus. By now we all know of ways to do that physically, but now thanks to [James Devine] and a team at CERN we can also model virus exposure directly on our own self-hosted Raspberry Pis.

        The program, called the Covid-19 Airborne Risk Assessment (CARA), is able to take in a number of metrics about the size and shape of an area, the number of countermeasures already in place, and plenty of other information in order to provide a computer-generated model of the number of virus particles predicted as a function of time. It can run on a number of different Pi hardware although [James] recommends using the Pi 4 as the model does take up a significant amount of computer resources. Of course, this only generates statistical likelihoods of virus transmission but it does help get a more accurate understanding of specific situations.

      • Raspberry Pi’s trading arm snags £33m investment as flotation rumours sink

        The trading arm of the Raspberry Pi Foundation has received a £33m investment – putting paid to rumours that the company was looking to float on the stock exchange as a means of funding growth.

        The Raspberry Pi project came to the public’s attention back in 2011, and by the time the education-focused single-board computer entered mass production a year later demand was high – so high that its initial production run of 10,000 units sold out in seconds.

        In the years since, the project has gone from strength to strength with increasingly powerful successor devices, a recent foray into microcontrollers designed by its in-house integrated circuit team, variants designed for embedding, and even its first consumer product, the Raspberry Pi 400, which packs the company’s single-board computer tech into a keyboard chassis named for Atari’s famous family of eight-bit microcomputers.

      • Hub spins multiple USB 3.2 Gen2 and DP ports out of USB4

        VIA announced a “VIA Labs VL830 USB4 Endpoint Device” based on a VL830 USB4 controller that converts a 40Gbps USB4 port into 5x USB 3.2 Gen2 ports plus DP 1.4a output for 8Kp60 and beyond.

        Computers with USB4 are beginning to appear, including some embedded models such as IEI’s Tiger Lake-U based tKINO-UL6 thin Mini-ITX board. While we wait for peripheral manufacturers to catch up, USB4 hubs that distribute the bandwidth will be the primary way you interact with the up to 40Gpbs USB4.

        The meet this need, the VIA Labs unit within VIA Technologies has unveiled a USB4 adapter board and hub called the VIA Labs VL830 USB4 Endpoint Device that spreads the bandwidth across multiple USB 3.2 Gen2 and DP ports.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications
    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software
      • Google publishes HIBA, an OpenSSH add-on for certificate-based authorization

        Google has published the source code for the project HIBA (Host Identity Based Authorization) , which proposes the implementation of an additional authorization mechanism for organizing user access via SSH in relation to hosts (checking whether or not access to a particular resource is allowed when authenticating using public keys). Integration with OpenSSH is provided by specifying the HIBA handler in the AuthorizedPrincipalsCommand directive in / etc / ssh / sshd_config. The project code is written in C and is distributed under the BSD license.

        HIBA uses standard authentication mechanisms based on OpenSSH certificates for flexible and centralized management of user authorization in relation to hosts, but does not require periodic changes to authorized_keys and authorized_users files on the side of the hosts to which it is connected. Instead of storing a list of valid public keys and access conditions in authorized_ files (keys | users), HIBA integrates the host binding information directly into the certificates themselves. In particular, extensions are proposed for host certificates and user certificates, which store host parameters and conditions for granting user access.

        Host-side verification is initiated by calling the hiba-chk handler specified in the AuthorizedPrincipalsCommand directive. This handler decodes the extensions integrated into the certificates and, based on them, makes a decision to grant or block access. Access rules are defined centrally at the certification authority (CA) level and integrated into certificates at the stage of their generation.

      • Baby Buddy: an Open-source Free newborn digital assistant

        Baby Buddy is a free open-source web-based solution for new parents to help them log, monitor and track their parenting activities.

        [...]

        Baby Buddy is a built by Christopher Charbonneau Wells who has released many interesting projects.

        The project built with Django (Python), and uses several development libraries for front-end development.

        Note that it is under continues development so expect more features in the near future.

      • Events
        • Thank You for a Fantastic First POSI!

          We’d like to take a moment to thank our community for making our event on Practical Open Source Information a resounding success — with more than 300 attendees, 30 speakers, a brilliant keynote address from Heather Leson of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies about the role open source plays in humanitarian efforts, and three tracks, our half-day event proved to be a valuable space for many members of our community to come together and discuss a wide range of pressing issues affecting open source practitioners everywhere. (Recordings of all event talks and panels will be made available shortly!)

        • Meet Kiwi TCMS at WebSummit 2021 in Lisbon

          Kiwi TCMS is happy to announce that our first post-COVID live presence will be at WebSummit 2021, Nov 1-4 in Lisbon, Portugal. We’re joining as a featured startup as part of the ALPHA program in category Enterprise Software Solutions.

          Kiwi TCMS will have an on-site presence during the exhibition (1 day) where you can easily find us. We’ve also applied to the Startup Showcase track where you can see Alex present on stage. In addition, if all goes well our team will be joined by Alexandre Neto of QCooperative who is leading the effort to adopt Kiwi TCMS for testing the QGIS open source project. More on that here.

      • Web Browsers
        • Chromium
          • Testing Chrome version 100 for fun and profit (but mostly fun I guess)

            Great news readers, my self-imposed 6 month cooldown on writing amazing blog posts has expired.

            My pal Ali just added a flag to Chromium to allow you to test sites while sending a User-Agent string that claims to be version 100 (should be in version 96+, that’s in the latest Canary if you download or update today)…

          • Stable Channel Update for Desktop

            The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 94 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux.Chrome 94 is also promoted to our new extended stable channel for Windows and Mac. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.

            Chrome 94.0.4606.54 contains a number of fixes and improvements — a list of changes is available in the log. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 94.

          • Chrome 94 Released With WebGPU For Testing, WebCodecs API Now Official

            Chrome 94 is available today as another exciting update for Google’s web browser.

            Personally exciting me the most with Chrome 94 is WebGPU now as an origin trial for testing as the next-gen web graphics API alternative to WebGL. WebGPU allows for mapping to Vulkan, Direct3D, or Metal depending upon the platform. WebGPU is designed for today’s modern graphics needs in the web.

            Chrome 94 is also exciting for WebCodecs API for being promoted now past its prior origin trial. WebCodecs is the low-level codec API around audio/video encoding and decoding along with raw video frame handling and more. WebCodecs API handling is intended to be more efficient than JavaScript or WebAssembly codec implementations.

          • 25 Best Chrome Flags You Should Enable To Optimize Your Browsing

            Google Chrome has become the most popular web browser because of its simplicity and speed. Besides, it has lots of excellent features, including some hidden features that boost your browsing experience. Chrome flags are the hidden feature tools that tweak your Chrome UI and performance by changing Chrome settings. This is basically an experimental feature tested on Chrome OS, but it is available in the trial. If you want to learn more techniques about boosting your browsing experience, you need to follow our complete guidelines to enable a flag.

            However, no flag ensures stable performance. Moreover, finding bugs is a widespread occurrence in a flag. Besides, it would be best if you considered that flags are not tested on online security. So it takes a little bit of risk of using a flag. If you want to experience the cutting edge of Chrome by taking small risks, let’s talk with the 25 best Chrome flags.

          • Crank up the volume on that Pixies album: Time to exercise your Raspberry Pi with an… alternative browser

            While browser-makers squabble over standards, privacy and exactly what their User-Agent string should say, Ekioh’s clean-room browser, Flow, has continued to quietly advance.

            The Register last looked at Flow over Christmas 2020 and we came away impressed with the work in progress, not least its speed and the lack of data slurpage. There were, however, problems, one of which was that Google’s web applications were not entirely happy.

            In a lengthy blog post Ekioh’s CEO, Piers Wombwell, explained the hoops that need to be jumped through in order to persuade Google Docs to run acceptably. While a canvas-based approach is inbound, getting the current incarnation up and running necessitated some head-scratching from the Flow team and demanded fixes. Sure – Google Docs seemed to load OK, although there was no word-wrap. But could you type into it? Nope.

          • Another attempt to compile Chromium [Ed: Web browsers have become overly bloated crap that takes away freedom, even when some code is available and liberally licensed]

            Over the years, I have made a few attempts to compile Chromium. One of those, in 2019, I posted about it:

            https://bkhome.org/news/201910/attempted-to-compile-chromium.html

            Yesterday, thought would try again. Tried and tried to download the source from the Chromium project on github, but it kept failing. The download is huge, over 1GB, and when it failed, when unable to continue, a restart from the beginning is required. This is the case when using gn “fetch –nohooks –no-history chromium” or when using wget — in both cases, cannot continue from the point of failure.

            My contract with Vodafone is 40GB per month (on my phone), a fixed price with unlimited downloads — but it drops to a considerably slower speed when exceed 40GB. So don’t want to have too many 1GB download failures.

            So I downloaded the source from the Arch Linux repo, which was a 991MB tarball, no problem downloading. Version 93.0.4577.82.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra
        • LibOCon Sponsor Interviews

          LibreOffice Conference 2021, although virtual, could not happen without the support of sponsors, which are – in order of confirmation – the following five companies: Collabora, allotropia, LPI, Omnis Cloud and CarboneIO.

      • Public Services/Government
        • Impact of Open Source Software and Hardware in the EU Economy

          A recent European Commission study investigating the economic impact of open source software (OSS) and hardware on the EU economy estimates that companies in the EU invested around €1 billion in OSS in 2018, resulting in an impact on the European economy of between €65 and €95 billion.

          The study further “assesses the potential for the EU to achieve its policy goals (including economic growth, greater competitiveness, innovation, and job creation) through the use, promotion and support of OSS and open source hardware (OSH).”

      • Programming/Development
        • The cmake-project Script

          If you ever need to create a project around a single C++ file (or just a few C++ files) in CMake, as you might for quick test cases, you might find it tedious to write a CMakeLists.txt file by hand every time. To make this easier, I’ve written a script called cmake-project that you can use to generate an initial CMakeLists.txt for you. Similar to qmake -project, it allows you to quickly create a project around a single or just a few C++ files. In addition, it automatically adds a link to Qt Widgets when the code uses QApplication.

          A few special features that come with CMake are support for many languages (like Fortran, CUDA, and Objective-C), native support from many IDEs (Qt Creator and Visual Studio XCode), many active contributors, many out-of-the-box configuration checks, use of non-recursive make for faster build times, and out-of-the-box support for Ninja for even faster build times. These features are a few of the reasons why Qt 6 switched from QMake to CMake.

          Add the cmake-project script on top of all these fantastic features and you can enjoy the only feature people miss from QMake while working in CMake. In turn, your productivity will be better than ever!

        • Linux X86 Assembly – How To Test Custom Shellcode Using a C Payload Tester

          In the last blog post in this series, we created a tool to make it easy to build our custom payloads and extract them. However, what if we want to test them before trying to use them? It seems like a good idea to make sure it works before you include it in an exploit. Testing it first would at least let you know that it works and reduce troubleshooting surface if the exploit fails. Today we are going to focus on building a payload tester stub in the C programming language. This will make it easy for us to copy and paste our C-style formatted payload from our build-and-extract tool. Once it’s pasted in the tester stub, just compile and run it and you will be able to see your payload in action. The code for payload tester stub and Makefile can be found in the /utils/ folder of the Secure Ideas Professionally Evil x86_asm GitHub repository.

        • Developer diaries: The case of the lunchtime interruption

          In this episode of our Developer Diaries series, JJ & Chris do a bit of pair programming to show how developers can use Instana for observability-driven development.

        • Perl/Raku
        • Python
          • 3 ways to test your API with Python | Opensource.com

            In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to unit test code that performs HTTP requests. In other words, you’ll see the art of API unit testing in Python.

            Unit tests are meant to test a single unit of behavior. In testing, a well-known rule of thumb is to isolate code that reaches external dependencies.

            For instance, when testing a code that performs HTTP requests, it’s recommended to replace the real call with a fake call during test time. This way, you can unit test it without performing a real HTTP request every time you run the test.

  • Leftovers
    • Hardware
      • Up Close and Personal With an Unusual 3D Printer Kit

        While there are still plenty of folks out there tinkering with custom 3D printers, it’s safe to say that most people these days are using a commercially-available machine. The prices are just so low now, even on the resin printers, that unless you have some application that requires exacting specifications, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to fiddle around with a homebrew machine.

        As it so happens, [Nicolas Tranchant] actually does have such an application. He needs ultra-high resolution 3D prints for his jewelry company, but even expensive printers designed for doing dental work weren’t giving him the results he was looking for. Rather than spend five-figures on a machine that may or may not get the job done, he decided to check out what was available in kit form. That’s when he found the work of [Frédéric Lautré].

      • The ARM developers workstation: Why the SoftIron OverDrive 1000 is still relevant

        The promise of “boring” ARM hardware has been with us for almost a decade. And a couple of years ago it really arrived: easy to use, standards compliant ARM hardware is now available on the market. However, not for everyone. When it comes to buying ARM hardware you still need to decide if it is “boring” or it is affordable. There was one notable exception, the SoftIron OverDrive 1000. It had its limitations, but it was standards compliant right from day one, affordable, and easily available not just for large companies.

      • OpenCV AI Kit Lite – A compact 4K Tri-camera kit for computer vision applications (Crowdfunding) – CNX Software

        The OpenCV AI Kit “OAK-D” now has a little brother with the OpenCV AI Kit Lite equipped with the same Intel Myriad X-based DepthAI solution with three cameras, but in a much compact form factor and a price slashed to as low as $79 and up.

        Like its predecessor, the OpenCV AI Kit leverage the Myriad X AI accelerator’s capabilities to provide a wide range of real-time computer vision applications, and can be programmed with C++ or Python APIs, as well as graphical user interfaces.

      • OpenNCC Nighthawk – A face blurring AI camera based on Myriad X VPU – CNX Software

        We’ve just written about OpenCV Ai Kit Lite computer vision camera based on Intel Myriad X VPU, and OpenNCC Nighthawk is another such programmable camera based on the Intel AI accelerator, but with an IR filter for night vision, and working with OpenNCC-SDK notably supporting real-time face blurring for enhanced privacy.

    • Health/Nutrition
      • Opinion | I Ran the CDC. Here’s How to Prove That Americans Are Vaccinated. – The New York Times

        This month, President Biden announced a comprehensive plan to reinvigorate America’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. A big part of this plan hinges on mandating the vaccination of millions of federal workers. Employees of companies with more than 100 staff members will have to provide proof of vaccination or test negative for the coronavirus at least once a week. The businesses and other institutions that must enforce these mandates will have to verify vaccination status and test results to make this system work.

        Even before the plan was announced, a number of state and local governments and school districts and more than 1,000 colleges and universities adopted at least some vaccination requirements for employees and students. But without a unified approach to verify compliance, ideally through federal leadership, verification will be inaccurate, inconsistent and potentially insecure.

      • Eyes on Trade: Rethinking Trade – Season 1 Episode 39: President Biden Could End the COVID Pandemic at This Week’s UN Summit – Will He?

        Getting the world vaccinated and ending the pandemic is a political choice: World leaders have the medical, technical and financial capacity. To produce enough vaccines involves three clear steps: getting intellectual property monopoly barriers out of the way…

    • Integrity/Availability
      • Proprietary
        • Pseudo-Open Source
          • Privatisation/Privateering
            • Linux Foundation
              • Linux Foundation To Host PaSh For Automatic Parallelizing Of Shell Scripts – Phoronix

                The Linux Foundation announced today they will be hosting the PaSh project that is focused on automatically parallelizing POSIX shell scripts.

                PaSh is focused on optimizing shell scripts for faster performance in areas around data science, engineering, economists, and more. The apparent Linux Foundation focus is on industrial use-cases.

              • Linux Foundation to Host the PaSh Project, Accelerating Shell Scripting with Automated Parallelization for Industrial Use Cases – Linux Foundation

                The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced it will host the PaSh project. PaSh is a system for automatically parallelizing POSIX shell scripts that optimizes programs and speeds up execution times, leading to faster results for data scientists, engineers, biologists, economists, administrators, and programmers.

                The project is supported by MIT, Rice University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania and governed by a Technical Steering Committee that includes Nikos Vasilakis, research scientist at MIT; Michael Greenberg, assistant professor at Stevens Institute of Technology; and Konstantinos Kallas, Ph.D. student at University of Pennsylvania.

              • The Linux Foundation Announces Agenda and Speaker Lineup for the 2021 Linux Foundation Member Summit – Linux Foundation

                The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the agenda and speaker lineup for the 2021 Linux Foundation Member Summit (LFMS), taking place November 2-4 at the Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, California. The keynote speakers can be viewed here and the full schedule can be viewed here.

                LFMS, (formerly Open Source Leadership Summit), is a by-invitation event for Linux Foundation member organizations, where technical and business leaders convene to drive digital transformation and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time. LFMS is a must-attend event for those looking to advance open source strategy, implementation and investment.

              • Technology skills in demand, 2021: cloud, with a twist of open source

                This question was addressed in a recent survey report, covering 750 open source professionals and 200 hiring managers, published by The Linux Foundation and edX, which shows hiring is rebounding in the wake of the pandemic. Fifty percent of employers surveyed who stated they are increasing hires this year. There are significant challenges though, with 92% of managers reporting difficulty finding enough talent, as they also struggle to hold onto existing talent in the face of fierce competition. Furthermore, the rapid adoption of open source software is widening the skills gap in the market. This is especially true for cloud native application development and operations skills, topping the list of 46% of hiring managers.

                “For those looking for the best career paths, cloud-native computing, DevOps, Linux, and security hold the most promising opportunities, said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. Indeed.

              • Open Source Jobs Report: Cloud skills in demand • The Register

                The Linux Foundation and edX’s latest annual Open Source Jobs Report highlights an explosion of interest in cloud technologies that has bumped Linux off the skillset top spot for the first time.

                “Much of the world is rebounding from the economically crippling lockdowns of COVID-19, and hiring people with the right skills is proving to be a challenge,” Clyde Seepersad, senior veep and general manager for training and certification at the Linux Foundation, claimed in the report’s introduction.

              • More Open Source Jobs Remain Vacant With Scarcity of Skilled Linux Talent

                If you have the Linux skills to bolster a solid IT foundation, you will be in high demand for a job working in the open source software industry.

                Hiring is rebounding in the wake of the pandemic, as organizations look to continue their digital transformation activities. This is evidenced by 50 percent of employers The Linux Foundation surveyed who stated they are increasing hires this year.

              • Open Source Talent Is In High Demand Than Ever: Linux Foundation Report

                Overwhelming numbers of hiring managers (92%) report difficulty finding sufficient talent with open source skills as they also struggle to hold onto existing talent in the face of fierce competition. Half of companies are accelerating open source hiring, further exacerbating the talent gap, according to the 2021 Open Source Jobs Report released by the Linux Foundation and edX.

                [...]

                Large numbers of professionals are demanding more training opportunities from their employers, demonstrated by 92% of managers reporting an increase in requests. Employers also report that they prioritize training investments to close skills gaps, with 58% using this tactic; by comparison, 29% bring in external consultants to close their skill gaps.

              • Open Source Talent Shortage Persists

                The need for open source skills persists, with 50 percent of employers surveyed expecting to increase hires this year, according to the 2021 Open Source Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation and edX.

                However, 92 percent of managers report difficulty finding skilled talent, while also struggling to retain existing talent in the face of fierce competition.

              • The 2021 Open Source Jobs Report: 9th Annual Report on Critical Skills, Hiring Trends and Education

                Much of the world is rebounding from the economically crippling lockdowns of COVID-19, and hiring people with the right skills is proving to be a challenge. Nowhere is this more true than in the technology sector. The talent gap that existed before the pandemic has worsened due to an acceleration of cloud-native adoption as remote work has gone mainstream. With talent shortages around the globe, training existing staff has become even more important to meet the needs of migrations to the cloud and leverage open source technologies tied to those migrations.

        • Security
          • Security updates for Tuesday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (webkit2gtk, wpewebkit, and xen), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (curl, go-toolset:rhel8, krb5, mysql:8.0, nodejs:12, and nss and nspr), and Ubuntu (curl and tiff).

          • Apache OpenOffice can be hijacked by malicious documents, fix still in beta

            Apache OpenOffice (AOO) is currently vulnerable to a remote code execution vulnerability and while the app’s source code has been patched, the fix has only been made available as beta software and awaits an official release.

            That means that most people running the open source office suite, which has been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and was last updated in May, probably have vulnerable versions of the software.

            On Saturday, September 18, security researcher Eugene Lim revealed details about the vulnerability (CVE-2021-33035) at HackerOne’s Hacktivity online conference after an August 30 public disclosure date came and went without the fix being fully deployed.

          • VMware warns of critical bug in default vCenter Server installs
          • Apple Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products

            Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

    • Defence/Aggression
      • Mission to Courgent

        As I arrived in Courgent, President Macron was recalling his ambassadors from Australia and the US. I had an ominous feeling that this visit to Courgent may be the highest point in relations between our two countries that day. After all, the last time France recalled an ambassador, it was the crisis in Afghanistan. Many Australians can empathize with France’s frustration. Australian political leaders made bad decisions at the outset. They chose to build a submarine factory, part of a $90 billion defence program, in a seat they wanted to win at the 2017 election. They spent five years trying to make it look like the French manufacturer was the bad guy and then pulled out of the contract without the slightest attempt to take their part of the blame. It is a good time to review the definition of scapegoat

        It is ironic that the opposition leader who’s defeat in the 2017 election was helped by a promise to build submarines is an Old Xaverian. The trade minister (ministre du commerce exterieur) who will be hauled over hot coals on his next visit to France is an Old Xaverians. Courgent has a population of 369 people who were largely unaware that one of their Australian casualties had any connection to this geopolitical drama.

        There was significant controversay about the expenditure of $100 million to refresh the Australian War Memorial in France. Why couldn’t they spend $1 to pick up the phone and call our French allies before the public announcement with the United States? Why do highly paid public officials leave it to volunteers and tourists to maintain our relationship? The mayor, like me, did not ask to be paid for the time we spent together this past weekend.

        The citizens of Courgent were extremely welcoming and the gifts from Xavier were finally delivered to the town hall.

        I’ve prepared a short video with highlights of this visit, to capture the moment we stood shoulder-to-shoulder and commemorated these victims of fascism and delivered this gift on Saturday, 18 September against the backdrop of these acute discussions about the relationship between our countries.

    • Censorship/Free Speech
    • Monopolies
      • Patents
        • EU consultation on horizontal guidelines: supply-chain licensing of standard-essential patents and licensing negotiation groups among key stakeholder concerns

          In two weeks from today, the feedback period of the European Commission’s consultation on “Horizontal agreements between companies — revision of EU competition rules” will end. Two days later, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will finally hold its postponed (due to Hurricane Ida) hearing in Continental v. Avanci et al., and there happen to be some overlapping issues related to standard-essential patents (SEPs).

          From June 7 to July 5, 2021, the EU Commission already collected feedback at the “Roadmap” stage. Among the 14 entities who made submissions at that early stage, organizations with a strong interest in SEP licensing and enforcement were (over)represented. Major SEP holders Ericsson, Nokia, and InterDigital as well as IP Europe (which counts those three companies among its members) provided some early input, as did ACT, a U.S. lobbying front for Apple and other net licensees of SEPs.

        • UK court rejects DABUS appeal but Birss dissents [Ed: People should ask Birss to grant patents to their pets too, as he's obviously lost in a cluster of meaningless buzzwords and he forgot what patent law is or what it is for]

          Court of Appeal rules 2-1 that AI can’t be named as an inventor, but Lord Justice Birss becomes latest judge to back DABUS

        • IPO Annual Meeting: Speakers set out AI healthcare challenges [Ed: Patrick Wingrove pushing software patents agenda using meaningless buzzwords and fluff such as "Hey Hi" (infantile reporting hallmark)]

          In one of the first live intellectual property events since COVID began, counsel at BMS, Medtronic and elsewhere delved into Section 101 and regulatory hurdles

        • Huber+Suhner enforces utility model in train wifi antennas dispute [Ed: Is this news or advertising? Juve seems to have reinvented itself as a spam/promotion site for law firms, not the reporting site it was around 2015 (when it wrote about EPO corruption)]

          Düsseldorf Regional Court has upheld a utility model infringement action brought by Swiss rights holder Huber+Suhner against US competitor Maxtena, and Düsseldorf-based distribution company Karl Kruse. Now, accessing the internet during a train ride without loss of connection is increasingly common in Germany.

Links 21/9/2021: Samba 4.15 and Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 Support for 10 Years

Tuesday 21st of September 2021 03:24:45 PM

Contents
  • GNU/Linux
    • Applications
      • Samba 4.15 Ships with a Modernized Virtual File System Modules

        Samba 4.15 is now available as the latest release for improving Windows interoperability (i.e. SMB/CIFS) on Linux and other platforms.

        Samba is an open source software which provide print and seamless file services to SMB/CIFS protocol clients. It allows interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows based clients. The software is based on the common client/server protocol of Server Message Block (SMB) and Common Internet File System (CIFS).

        To put it simple, Samba can help Windows and Linux/Unix machines coexist in the same network. It allows files to be shared across Windows and Linux/Unix systems simply and easily.

    • Instructionals/Technical
      • How To Install CUPS Print Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CUPS Print Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) is the primary mechanism in the Unix-like operating system for printing and print services. It can allow a computer to act as a Print server.

        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 CUPS Print Server on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to Convert a Windows File to a UNIX File

        You may ask yourself, what is the purpose of this article? Why convert a Windows file to adapt to a UNIX environment like Linux? Isn’t Linux all-powerful? The exceptional capabilities of the Linux operating system do not spare it from incompatible displays of files transferred from other computing platforms.

        Just because you can open a file on a Linux environment does not imply that you have full control over how the file’s texts should be displayed.

      • How to Install Discord (Chat Application) on Ubuntu 20.04

        In these modern times, many people consider applications like Discord part of their everyday life. Fortunately, in this day and age, many of these applications can be installed on Ubuntu 20.04 without any major problems. Precisely that is the purpose of this post so that you can learn how to install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to Install Facebook Messenger on Ubuntu 21.04 & 20.04 – TecAdmin

        Facebook is one of the leading social media networks. It is freely available for everyone around the world. Anyone can simply create an account using their email address and mobile number. After creating the account, you can access all of its features.

        Facebook is available as a web application as well as provides mobile applications like Android and iOS. You can easily find the mobile applications from the respective play store. But none of the official applications are available for Desktop systems like Ubuntu. Even you can access it in the web browser, but sometimes we need a desktop application that provides easy to use interface.

      • How to Install Joomla on Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux

        Written in PHP, Joomla is a popular CMS (Content Management System) used for creating stunning websites and blogs using themes, and tons of nifty add-ons. It comes second to WordPress as the most popular and widely used Content Management System.

      • How to Set Up Linux Dedicated Game Server using LinuxGSM

        Game Servers allow for a seamless multiplayer gaming experience. It sends and receives data to and from each player. Game servers can be local or remote servers used by game clients. Dedicated game servers give better performance and stability for hundreds of gamers.

        Traditional it is hard to manage the dedicated game server. LinuxGSM is an open-source command-line tool for quick, simple deployment and management of Linux dedicated game servers. It supports hundreds of gamer servers. LinuxGSM checks dependencies, downloads game server files and loads default configs, schedule common tasks such as monitor and update the game server.

        In this tutorial, we learn how to set up Linux Dedicated Game Server using LinuxGSM. Let’s check the deployment of the Valheim Dedicated Server on Linux.

      • How to change case in Notepad++ [Ed: It does not officially run in GNU/Linux]

        Notepad++ is one of the best source code editors. It is fast and efficient and provides all necessary editing functions built-in. It does support plugins and extensions to add additional functionality.

        You are going to love this text editor for features like syntax highlighting, code folding, EOL Conversion, effective search and replace functionality.

      • How to resize images on Ubuntu 18.04

        If your work involves editing images, there are certainly times when you need to perform a single operation on various contents, for example resizing. Many

        editing programs are capable of resizing multiple images at once, but the feature is not always easy to find and use. But if you use Ubuntu , you can resize images simultaneously using the gThumb app .

      • How to set up and login as root user in MySQL | FOSS Linux

        A root account is a superuser account that offers a wide array of privileges throughout the databases of MySQL. By default, the initial password for the root account is ‘empty/blank,’ thus allowing access to the MySQL server as root to anyone.

      • Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 20.04 with Nginx – Cloudbooklet

        phpMyAdmin is a web-based application for interacting with MySQL database server. This tool provides you with a user interface to make MySQL operations so you don’t have to use the command line interface.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to install phpMyAdmin with Nginx on Ubuntu.20.04 and secure it.

    • Games
      • Couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp is officially out now | GamingOnLinux

        Good fun to play with friends that becomes manic fast, the couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp has now left Early Access as a full game ready for you to jump in.

        This isn’t your usual tower defense game. You’re not sat with a fancy map placing down towers and watching lines of enemies come through. Instead, you and multiple friends (4 players total) run around in a proper 3D environment. It gets truly chaotic as it’s a game about micro-management with lots of running around. Resource gathering, maintaining your towers and reload them and much more. If you love the franticness found in the likes of Overcooked, you’ll likely feel right at home playing D-Corp.

      • New patent from Valve appears for “instant play” of games and more | GamingOnLinux

        Published today is a new patent from Valve that (amongst other things) might allow for an “instant play” feature for games being downloaded from Steam. Credit to SteamDB’s Pavel Djundik for the find on Twitter.

        The patent was submitted back in March 2020 from developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, who has been heavily involved in the Linux side of Valve (with Proton and the Steam Deck) but it only got published live today. Not only is it targetting letting people get into games a lot faster, but it also seems that it could be used to help free up disk space.

      • Renaissance painting adventure Death of the Reprobate announced as the final of the series | GamingOnLinux

        Developer Joe Richardson has just announced Death of the Reprobate, the third and final game in their series of point and click adventures made with Renaissance paintings. The first two were a really good laugh and so this is hopefully plenty more of the same good stuff.

        “Death of the Reprobate is a gentle story about helping people and being a nice lad. Travel around a quiet, rural town – help the locals in their day to day tasks. Wander into the nearby woods – make idle chit-chit with a woman submerged neck-deep in a tiny pond. Climb to an idyllic viewpoint in the mountains, overlooking earth and sea and sky, the natural and the man-made, the eternal mystery held within the infinite depths of the distant horizon – help a man shoot some birds. This is a game full of slow burning simple pleasures…

      • Ultimate Chicken Horse, one of the funniest party platformers gets fresh content | GamingOnLinux

        Ultimate Chicken Horse from developer Clever Endeavour Games just had another free content pack upgrade so perhaps it’s time to mess with your friends again.

        Easily one of the best local and online multiplayer party games. You each take it in turns to grab an item from a box, to place on the level in the hopes of reaching the end. It gets pretty hilarious, with you constantly trying to mess with your friends on what items you place down, especially since all players have to deal with whatever it is (including you!).

      • Interactive Clips for Game Boy: Sit Back and Watch or Take Control

        That’s the idea behind [Joël Franusic] and [Adam Smith]’s fantastic Playable Quotes for Game Boy — clip-making that creates a 4-D nugget of gameplay that can either be viewed as a video, or played live within the bounds of the clip. The system is built on a modified version of the PyBoy emulator.

    • Distributions
      • Top 10 unique Linux distros designed especially for a small niche of users

        When most people hear about Linux distributions they most likely think of alternative operating systems to Windows or macOS , to distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, perhaps Arch or Fedora.

        Complete systems to use on a day-to-day basis, edit documents, browse the web, consume multimedia content, etc. However, in the world of Linux what is left over are niches, and for almost any niche you can imagine there is a special distribution . These are just some of them.

        It is important to clarify that all these systems are designed with one or more quite specific and determined purposes, and are far from being an alternative for those who are simply looking for a distro to use as their main system to do “normal” things.

        These distros have their uses, and it ‘s nice to know of their existence in case we need something like that one day . But to replace personal use operating systems that serve for most regular operations, they do not go.

      • 6 Top Linux Distros for Business PC or Laptops



        Protect your business data and employees’ privacy with the help of the best Linux distros on their PC, Laptop including on your servers.

        Whether it is to start a small-medium business or you already have a well-established enterprise, IT hardware costs a good chunk of financial investment. And above that purchasing licensing of paid operating systems and software, of course, is always an additional expense. Well, those days are gone when we didn’t have some solid Windows alternative with all common programs to support day-to-day office and personal tasks. Linux-based operating systems are the best options today if you don’t want to invest money in OS and other common applications such as Office Suite. Furthermore, most of the developers one way or other rely on Linux distros for their tasks. Therefore, if you are planning to switch to Linux distros, then are some best suitable options for your business computers.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora
        • Fedora Community Blog: tmt hint 02: under the hood

          After making the first steps with tmt and investigating the provisioning options let’s now dive together a little bit more and look Under The Hood to see how plans, tests and stories work together on a couple of examples.

        • Distributed transaction patterns for microservices compared

          As a consulting architect at Red Hat, I’ve had the privilege of working on legions of customer projects. Every customer brings their own challenges but I’ve found some commonalities. One thing most customers want to know is how to coordinate writes to more than one system of record. Answering this question typically involves a long explanation of dual writes, distributed transactions, modern alternatives, and the possible failure scenarios and drawbacks of each approach. Typically, this is the moment when a customer realizes that splitting a monolithic application into microservices is a long and complicated journey, and usually requires tradeoffs.

          Rather than go down the rabbit hole of discussing transactions in-depth, this article summarizes the main approaches and patterns for coordinating writes to multiple resources. I’m aware that you might have good or bad past experiences with one or more of these approaches. But in practice, in the right context and with the right constraints, all of these methods work fine. Tech leads are responsible for choosing the best approach for their context.

          Note: If you are interested in dual writes, watch my Red Hat Summit 2021 session, where I covered dual write challenges in depth. You can also skim through the slides from my presentation. Currently, I am involved with Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, a fully managed Apache Kafka service. It takes less than a minute to start and is completely free during the trial period. Give it a try and help us shape it with your early feedback. If you have questions or comments about this article, hit me on Twitter @bibryam and let’s get started.

        • Monthly roundup: Best of September 2021 | Red Hat Developer

          Autumn is here in the northern hemisphere, and so is the monthly roundup from Red Hat Developer! This month we’re featuring tutorials for developers who want to learn Python or expand their Python toolbox, including updating to Python 3.9 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We also have an in-depth look at what’s powering the new sub-millisecond GC pauses in OpenJDK 17, an introduction to Node.js circuit breakers for serverless functions, and a Spring developer’s guide to getting started with Quarkus.

        • State of the Open Mainframe 2021

          The mainframe is a foundational technology that has powered industries for decades, including government, financial, healthcare, and transportation. With the help of surrounding communities, the technologies built around this platform have paved the way for the emergence of a new set of technologies we see deployed today. Notably, a significant number of mainframe technologies are profoundly embracing open source.

        • Run containers on your Mac with Lima [Ed: Red Hat thinks we’re using Macs like its CEO?]

          Running containers on your Mac can be a challenge. After all, containers are based on Linux-specific technologies like cgroups and namespaces.

        • Digital transformation: 4 tips to improve your speed

          Digital transformation has become a buzzword, referring to anything from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to cloud migration. How your organization defines it depends on your unique goals and business objectives. But transformation is no longer optional – it is necessary to stay competitive in the modern economy.

          Many of us consider one large project (such as an application rewrite or a new platform launch) a digital transformation program. But true digital transformation involves a culmination of many programs, resulting in new ways of doing business that make it easier and more efficient to engage with your product and services.

          With this in mind, how do you drive success and generate repeatable and measurable results? Look at your business holistically, remember that success is measured over time, and ensure that your digital transformation initiatives are fundamentally aligned with creating business value.

        • Artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge: 3 key facts

          Artificial Intelligence (AI) is moving from the realm of science fiction to widespread enterprise scalability. Even ten years ago, AI workloads were almost exclusively utilized by a small number of very profitable companies that had the resources to experiment and hire an extensive team of data scientists. Today, AI is used in a number of everyday tools, from language recognition to health care prediction and nearly every industry in between.

          AI is also now deployed at the edge, not just inside massive data processing facilities. That trend will continue in the coming years. Here are three things that executives in any field should know to capitalize on the change.

        • How we saved days of work with IT automation: A case study

          In 2020, I was working on a team automating the process of creating new virtual machine (VM) images for the latest Red Hat Satellite builds. Our goal was to automate VM deployments, snapshots, cleanup, and template creation. It sounds easy, but it was a lot of work. Automation was obviously needed to save time for our team, and we picked Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform as the automation interface. That’s where this story begins.

          [...]

          This automation project transforms all the things you need to do in the Ansible Automation Platform user interface to the YAML serialization language. The settings are then executed with a single playbook command that takes your entire Ansible Automation Platform from a fresh install to a fully functional service.

          This is a huge win. Why? Once the configuration is written, the time it takes to stand up a new instance using the Configuration-as-Code method is less than 30 minutes. Prior to using this approach, it took us a day or longer (depending on who you asked to do it and their level of expertise) to deploy, set up, and configure a new instance and make it production-ready.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family
        • Canonical Extends Support of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 to 10 Years

          Announced today, Canonical says both releases will now get an extended 10 years of support from their original release date, up from the 5 originally provided. This commitment brings these older LTS releases in line with the 10 year commitment already in place for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS.

          As a result, Ubuntu 14.04 is supported until April 2024, and Ubuntu 16.04 is supported until April 2026.

          The announcement is sure to be welcomed by enterprise, business, and other service customers who run orders versions of Ubuntu and can’t (or won’t) upgrade to something more recent. It’ll also be welcomed by any desktop users still (!) running these versions — remember, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS hit end-of-life earlier this year.

        • Canonical Extending Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 LTS Support To Ten Years

          Canonical is announcing this morning they are extending the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” releases to a ten year lifespan.

          Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS were already on a ten year support plan while Canonical has decided retroactively to extend 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS to ten years too, as such they will now be supported until April 2024 and April 2026, respectively.

          These older Ubuntu Long Term Support releases had been maintained for a period of five years under Canonical’s extended security maintenance (ESM) offered to organizations while now they are providing ten years of support to paying customers. The only change today is around 14.04/16.04 LTS with 18.04/20.04 LTS sticking to their already committed ten year cycles.

        • Canonical extends lifespan of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 to ten years
        • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and 16.04 each get a decade of support from Canonical


          If you are a home Linux desktop user, there is a good chance you like living on the bleeding edge. When a new version of a Linux distribution is released, you may find yourself upgrading immediately. After all, if something breaks, you can just reinstall the OS or move back to the previous version. This is particularly easy if you store your data on a secondary drive and you can format your boot drive without worry.

          For business users, however, constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest often isn’t feasible. Instead, an organization may want to install a Linux distro and just have it work — with several years of official support. For instance, Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) are pretty dated, as they were released in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Age aside, they are rock solid from a stability standpoint. Despite newer versions of Ubuntu being available, some organizations simply don’t have the resources to upgrade. Plus, why fix what isn’t broken?

    • Devices/Embedded
    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software
      • FSF
        • GNU Projects
          • GIMP 2.10.28 Graphic Editor Release Download and Install on Linux

            GIMP 2.10.28 Graphic Editor Release Download and Install on Linux, The corrective release of the graphic editor GIMP 2.10.28 has taken place. The previous release 2.10.26 was skipped, because after marking the version, an error was found in the build system. GIMP 2.10.28 completely repeats version 2.10.26, but contains a bug fix.

            [...]

            The Dashboard dialog, which displays computer resource usage, now supports displaying memory usage information when running on OpenBSD. Dashboard Dialogue

  • Leftovers
    • Health/Nutrition
      • Koch Network Fights to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Remaining States

        Despite years of effort by the Koch political network and the GOP to stop it, Missouri’s expanded Medicaid program will start enrolling new applicants on Oct. 1.

        Missouri voters approved a ballot measure in August 2020 for a constitutional amendment to extend Medicaid to Missourians who earn up to 138% of the poverty line, as opposed to the prior law which provided benefits up to only 100% of the poverty line. That means that 205,000 residents qualify for the program.

      • FDA Approves Biosimilar Drug for Treating Macular Degeneration

        The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar drug for treating macular degeneration under the provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 262) as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (colloquially known as “Obamacare”). The drug is Byooviz (ranibizumab-nuna), a biosimilar to Genentech’s Lucentis®, and like Lucentis® has been approved for treating several eye diseases and conditions. Specifically, according to the FDA announcement, Byooviz is approved for “neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (nAMD)[,] macular edema (fluid build-up) following retinal vein occlusion (blockage of veins in the retina) and myopic choroidal neovascularization, a vision-threatening complication of myopia (nearsightedness).” In the announcement, Sarah Yim, M.D., director of the Office of Therapeutic Biologics and Biosimilars in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) was quoted as saying:

    • Integrity/Availability
    • Defence/Aggression
      • U.S. says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including children, in ‘tragic mistake’

        A drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children, the U.S. military said on Friday, apologizing for what it called a “tragic mistake”.

        The Pentagon had said the Aug. 29 strike targeted an Islamic State suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops at the airport as they completed the last stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

        Even as reports of civilian casualties emerged, the top U.S. general had described the attack as “righteous”.

        The head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, said that at the time he had been confident it averted an imminent threat to the forces at the airport.

    • Censorship/Free Speech
      • Not good enough: Apple, Google bow to government pressure, censor content during Russian elections

        Russia voted on the weekend, and authorities — with the complicity of Big Tech — censored the population. As the world waits for the final results, Russian civil society and the #KeepItOn coalition have been documenting blatant instances of widespread censorship and internet disruptions over the past week.

        “Internet shutdowns and blockings are tactics used by bullies who are scared of their own people. This time, bullying forced the most powerful tech companies to bend to the Russian government’s will,” said Natalia Krapiva, Tech Legal Counsel at Access Now. “This is bad news for freedom of expression around the world.”

    • Monopolies
      • Patents
        • U.S. lawmakers accuse patent office of weakening challenges and allowing drug prices to rise [Ed: Patents killing millions of people so that a bunch of non-productive or unproductive executives can give themselves fatter paychecks and bonuses]

          A bipartisan group of lawmakers has accused the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office of “weakening” the system for challenging patents and, as a result, encouraging abuses by drug makers that seek to thwart the availability of lower-cost generic medicines.

          At issue is the inter partes review, or IPR, which went into effect in 2012 as a result of the America Invents Act. This type of patent challenge, which is heard by the Patent and Trials Appeal Board, was intended to provide an easier and faster alternative to patent infringement lawsuits filed in federal courts. For this reason, the IPR process has irked brand-name pharmaceutical companies.

        • Pressure Mounts On USPTO To Join Drug Pricing Fight [Ed: Patents literally killing ill people who are poor]

          the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have called on patent officials in the past two weeks to take a more active role in fighting patent abuses that lead to high drug prices — moves that could finally spur collaboration in an area where there’s been “remarkably little crosstalk.”

          Historically, the FDA and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have each said they’ve been unable to address the patent aspects of drug pricing due to limitations of jurisdiction, experts say. However, these new outreach efforts show room for the agencies to come together…

        • Exclusive: Albright to select new patent-focused judge for April [Ed: Patrick Wingrove once again plays ball with crooked judges like Gilstrap and Albright from Texas, was basically turned Texas courts into for-profit corporations which distort the law and issue BS rulings (that the high court, CAFC, berates them for)]

          In an interview with Managing IP, the de-facto patent judge for the Western District of Texas revealed the timeline and his hopes for the new magistrate judge

        • Reasons for an EBA referral on plausibility, post-published evidence and problem-solution [Ed: The utterly rigged EBA still has the audacity to pretend that it’s an objective tribunal?]

          As recently reported here on IPKat, we are imminently expecting a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on the issue of using post-filed data to support plausibility for inventive step. The potential for a referral on this topic may have come as a surprise to some, given the established case law of the Board of Appeal on plausibility and post-filed evidence (Case Law of the Boards of Appeal, I-D-4.6). However, as highlighted in the preliminary decision of the Board of Appeal in the case (T 116/18), the Boards of Appeal are not fully harmonious on this issue. Part of the reason for the divergence of some Boards is the preference of the EPO to consider plausibility in the context of inventive step as opposed to under the umbrella of sufficiency (as is preferred in the UK courts). Particularly, for some Boards of Appeal, the requirement for the technical effect of a claimed invention to be rendered plausible in the application as filed, is incompatible with the problem solution approach for inventive step.

          [...]

          In the preliminary opinion, the Board of Appeal identified a further question that needed to be addressed with regards to post-published evidence. Particularly, whether the burden of proof rested with the patentee or the opponent. In T 1329/04, for example, the Board of Appeal evaluated whether the patentee had demonstrated ab initio plausibility. In T 184/16, by contrast, the Board examined whether there were any reasons from the common general knowledge to assume that the alleged technical effect had not been obtained, i.e. “ab initio implausibility” (see also IPKat post and comments, on the related concepts of “negative” and “positive” plausibility).

          Furthermore, in seeking to demonstrate implausibility, the Board of Appeal in the present case asked, was it equitable to allow an opponent to rely on post-published evidence if the patentee was denied reliance on post-published evidence to support plausibility?

      • Trademarks
        • Descriptive dilemmas: how counsel manage language challenges [Ed: This propaganda mill is, as usual, totally ignoring public interest groups; megaphone of the rich, presented as "news"]

          Sources at Reckitt, P&G, Novartis and others say strategies could include relying on distinctive logos or opting against trademark protection

        • How anti-counterfeiting agencies con Indian brand owners [Ed: This is more lobbying for rich people's brands, pretending enforcement in India isn't enough and they're basically collaborating with criminals]

          In-house counsel highlight issues with IP enforcement actions in India such as fake raids and investigators colluding with counterfeiters to mislead proprietors

[Meme] The Best Quality Propaganda

Tuesday 21st of September 2021 12:47:48 PM


Yesterday, IAM announced its annual ritual


Benoît Battistelli already bought the officials, not just ‘media’ like IAM (paid by the EPO’s PR firm)

Summary: The António Campinos-led EPO is still a never-ending propaganda machine; the media isn’t fact-checking or investigating anything, so of course that propaganda goes largely unchallenged and the propagandists (like Joff Wild) profit from it

Preparations for the Next Series and Further Improvements in IPFS and Gemini

Tuesday 21st of September 2021 12:29:49 PM

Video download link | md5sum b74f65e48f133824d4e455785436897d

http://techrights.org/videos/infra-update.webm

Summary: Gemini space (or Geminispace) continues to expand quite rapidly and we’re utilising alternatives to the Web in order to improve access to information; at the moment EPO publications are our priority

THE relevant politicians — those dealing with SLAPP in particular — have been contacted, as we promised yesterday.

“Team UPC is getting louder again with its campaign of shameless disinformation; the Web has become polluted with their intentional lies.”We’ve meanwhile noticed that the number of known Gemini capsules grew a lot this past week and we’ve made further changes that provide fallbacks as well as deterrence (a form of ‘insurance files’).

As our Daily Links help show, Team UPC is getting louder again with its campaign of shameless disinformation; the Web has become polluted with their intentional lies. Remember: the UPC will start in 2015! (It’s always “next year!”)

http://techrights.org/videos/pors-upc.webm

Links 21/9/2021: Peg-E 1.3.0, CUPS 2.4 Coming Soon

Tuesday 21st of September 2021 11:47:37 AM

Contents
  • GNU/Linux
    • Can You Use Tor on Linux?

      Big businesses are willing to pay top dollars to find access to your sensitive data to design targeted ads. What’s scary is that there are criminals also prowling in the shadows for this information. You must protect yourself. Installing browsers like Tor that ensure online anonymity greatly boost your privacy and security. Downloading a VPN offers greater privacy hiding your identity on the internet. Keep the nosy snoopers away with Tor.

    • Audiocasts/Shows
      • Bad Documentation Doesn’t Make Software Advanced! – Invidious

        Documentation is incredibly important but somehow we’ve got to a point where some people think that having good documentation is a bad thing or that it somehow makes the software for advanced users, I completely disagree and think if it’s for advanced users the documentation is even more important.

      • LHS Episode #430: Bag of Hammers

        Welcome to the 430th episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this action-packed episode, the hosts discuss topics including the JARL Hamfest, AMSAT events going virtual, JOTA and JOTI, vulnerabilities in OpenSSL, updates to the Linux kernel, Pat, Winlink, HAMRS and much more. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 143

        What we’d do if we were in charge of the Linux desktop, first impressions of an unusual but frustrating distro, and your feedback about Mastodon and Bodhi Linux.

    • Kernel Space
      • OpenVPN DCO Linux Kernel Module Aims To Offer Faster VPN Performance – Phoronix

        OpenVPN has been implementing a kernel module for data channel offload (DCO) capabilities to enhance the performance of this virtual private network system.

        OpenVPN DCO aims to provide a much faster VPN implementation by leveraging data encryption backed by AES-NI in kernel space to avoid the context switching overhead from OpenVPN currently in user-space. The OpenVPN DCO kernel module handles the OpenVPN data channel in kernel-space and provides higher throughput and lower latency. Further helping the performance is this new implementation having multi-threaded encryption.

      • Intel Posts New Linux Patches Looking To Re-Enable ENQCMD Ahead Of Sapphire Rapids – Phoronix

        While Intel is normally quite good with their new hardware support being in good shape well ahead of launch, their new code for supporting the ENQCMD functionality for the Data Streaming Accelerator (DSA) with Xeon “Sapphire Rapids” has been an exception. This summer the mainline Linux kernel disabled ENQCMD support since the code was “broken beyond repair” while now Intel engineers have sent out a new series looking to get it re-enabled.

    • Applications
    • Instructionals/Technical
      • Bacula: delete a range of volumes, create the same range

        Sometimes I mess up. Then I have to clean up and redo.

        These help me do that.

      • Preventing Link Rot in my Obsidian Vault

        Much has been written about the problem of link rot, so I’m going to focus on how I decided to “solve” (or at least, ameliorate) the problem for myself. When a link in my Obsidian notes becomes unavailable, it’s not the end of the world – so instead of doing something more resource intensive like actually saving all the pages I have links to, I decided that making sure that the links exist in the Internet Archive was sufficient.1

      • How to Run Android Apps in Linux Without an Emulator

        Before Microsoft could bring native Android app support in Windows 11, Linux has spoiled the party. WayDroid is a kind of compatibility layer that enables you to run Android apps in any Linux distribution. The best part about WayDroid is that you get far better performance, even better than an optimized Android emulator or a virtual machine running Android x86 on Linux. It almost feels like you are running Android apps natively on your Linux machine. With that said, let’s not waste more time and learn how to run Android apps in Linux without an emulator.

      • Cheat, a tool to consult cheats on commands from the Linux terminal itself – LinuxStoney

        For years, ‘computing’ and ‘graphical user interface’ have been two concepts that seem to go hand in hand : clicks, buttons, menus and windows are the most common means of interacting with our computers. But sometimes when we need to dig deep, we find ourselves head-on with command consoles . And the complexity of it can be very difficult for many first timers .

        So it is common for those who are still learning to navigate in this environment (even experts who want to save time) turn to ‘chops’ or ‘cheatsheets’ to have at hand the meaning of each command and its corresponding range of options and modifiers .

      • How to install Toontown Rewritten on Linux Lite 5.4 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Toontown Rewritten on Linux Lite 5.4.

      • How to install WHM & CPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux – Linux Shout

        CPanel provided by WHM earlier can only be installed on CentOS, however, now we can use it on AlamLinux, Rocky Linux, and also on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Officially, WHM cPanel on Ubuntu 20.o4 LTS is still in the experimental phase while writing this article and was recommended by the WHM developers not to use it for commercial. However, still you can start experiencing this Control Panel on this Debian-based Linux because in our usage it worked absolutely fine.

        Here we are installing WHM cPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server running on Amazon AWS Lightsail Instance, hence the server is clean without pre-installation of any kind of software or firewall.

      • How to install the SeaMonkey Browser on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the SeaMonkey Browser 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.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

      • How to ZIP a Folder in Linux

        ZIP is a highly useful archive file format that helps in storage and file management. With an efficient zipping utility in tow, you can share multiple files and folders efficiently by combining them into one single file.

        In Linux, zipping a folder saves a lot of space and network bandwidth. Since its development in 1989, ZIP has become one of the preferred ways to compress data and reduce the file size.

        Using some native commands like zip, you too can zip a folder on Linux-based systems with ease.

      • How To Install AngularJS on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install AngularJS on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, AngularJS is a JavaScript framework that is used to develop web apps. It has MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture. It lets you extend HTML syntax to express your application’s components efficiently. In addition to that, it eliminates much of the code you write through data binding and dependency injection.

        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 through the step-by-step installation of AngularJS on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Change The Partition UUID in Linux Filesystem – Unixcop

        UUID stands for Universally Unique IDentifier of a partition. This ID used in few different places to identify the partition. Most commonly this would be /etc/fstab.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs
      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt
        • Plasma 5.23 Anniversary Edition Beta for Debian available for testing

          Last week has seen the release of the first beta of Plasma 5.23 Anniversary Edition. Work behind the scenes to get this release as soon as possible into Debian has progressed well.

          Starting with today, we provide binaries of Plasma 5.23 for Debian stable (bullseye), testing, and unstable, in each case for three architectures: amd64, i386, and aarch64.

          To test the current beta, please add…

        • KConfigXT Alternative Generator

          I’m using for my own personal projects a generator for c++ preferences for quite a while, I’ll not say that it’s heavily tested as KConfigXT is, but it is also much more simple than it.

          While talking about it to a fellow developer he asked me how hard it would be to port the thing to KConfig (as the main backend I used was QSettings) – and the result is quite nice, the port toook less than a day, and now my generator generates configurations for both KConfig and QSettings.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK
        • Marcus Lundblad: Maps and GNOME 41

          It’s been a while since my last blog post. And in the meantime GNOME 41 was released. So I thought it would be time for a new post, although there’s not been that much news to show in Maps itself since the last update (where I showcased the refreshed icons for search results.

          But a few small visual improvements have been done https://hackaday.com/2021/09/20/open-source-hot-rod-mod-gives-more-power-to-ev-owners/.

          Already in 40.0, we made the display of population numbers for places (such as towns, cities, and similar) locale-aware. So that it now uses localized digits and decimal separators.

          [...]

          This utilises the localization API from ES (JavaScript) and as can be seen here gives a localized unit suffix and also in the case of Japanese as shown in the last example, the multiple in this case is 10,000, as this is based on traditional Chinese numerals, with denominations 10⁴, 10⁸ and so on. So in this case it would translate to “800 ten-thousands (man)”.

          And over in libshumate (the new GTK4-based map rendering library we’re working to eventually replace libchamplain, and enable migrating to GTK4), James and Corentin has been busy.

    • Distributions
      • If you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, here are some Best Linux distros to adapt

        If you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, here are some Best Linux distros to choose, after end support of most popular Windows 7, and although there are some extraordinary measures you can take to continue using the system that give you a minimum of security, it is not recommended at all. Keep in mind that it is still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11 for free, but if you refuse, you also have the option of trying your luck with Linux.

        Distributions abound and although the experience will never be the same as Windows 7 or Windows 10, neither better nor worse but different, and you will have to go through an adaptation process, there are some Linux distros that make this process a little easier than others.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora
        • Red Hat wants to boost HDR support on Linux – itsfoss.net

          Despite the fact that the Linux desktop has improved a lot over the course of the past decade, it still has some important shortcomings compared to Windows, such as the lack of support HDR . Fortunately, this could change in the not too distant future, as Red Hat has announced that it wants to hire an engineer to introduce HDR support in Fedora and RHEL.

          In the job we read that “the engineering team at Red Hat Workstation is looking for a senior software engineer with experience working in desktop support, composer and GPU formats and screens high dynamic range ( HDR) for Linux . In this role, he will work in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) New Platform Technologies Enablement team, maintaining and enhancing the GPU stack within RHEL and Fedora and contributing to upstream graphics development ” .

        • Using SQL Stream Builder with IBM Cloud

          The Apache Flink project provides the ability to perform stateful computations over data streams. The SQL Stream Builder interface is used to create stateful stream processing jobs using SQL. The executed SQL queries run as jobs on Flink. Together, these components make up the Cloudera Streaming Analytics (CSA) package.

      • Debian Family
        • What to Do After Installing Debian 11 Bullseye

          This article recommends Debian 11 users after-installation tips and tricks including simple guide to get additional useful applications. For new Debian users, this article is for you. Let’s check it out.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family
    • Devices/Embedded
    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software
      • The Apache News Round-up: week ending 17 September 2021

        We’re wrapping up another great week with the following activities from the Apache community…

      • CUPS 2.4 Coming Next Month, CUPS 2.5 + CUPS 3.0 Already In Planning – Phoronix

        An Open Printing micro-conference took place today during the Linux Plumbers Conference 2021 week. While it’s hard to get excited about printers in 2021, it is exciting the renewed effort around CUPS with it now being back to effectively led by the community and CUPS founder Michael Sweet who left Apple. CUPS 2.4 is coming as the first feature release in quite a while and then CUPS 2.5 followed by CUPS 3.0 are already being talked about with features being discussed.

        While Apple led CUPS development while employing Michael Sweet for about a decade, Sweet left Apple at the end of 2019 and Apple’s public CUPS development effectively ended. As has been since confirmed, Apple now is basically interested in just maintaining CUPS 2.3 and not really developing it further.

      • Programming/Development
        • The final guide to web scraping with Node.js

          Web scraping is the process of extracting data from a website in an automated way and Node.js can be used for web scraping. Even though other languages and frameworks are more popular for web scraping, Node.js can be utilized well to do the job too. In this post, we will learn how to do web scraping with Node.js for websites that don’t need and need Javascript to load. Let’s get started!

        • How to use cpan or pip packages on Nix and NixOS

          When using Nix/NixOS and requiring some development libraries available in pip (for python) or cpan (for perl) but not available as package, it can be extremely complicated to get those on your system because the usual way won’t work.

        • Benchmarking compilation time with ccache/mfs on OpenBSD

          So, I decided to measure the build time of the Gemini browser Lagrange in three cases: without ccache, with ccache but first build so it doesn’t have any cached objects and with ccache with objects in it. I did these three tests multiple time because I also wanted to measure the impact of using memory base filesystem or the old spinning disk drive in my computer, this made a lot of tests because I tried with ccache on mfs and package build objects (later referenced as pobj) on mfs, then one on hdd and the other on mfs and so on.

        • Cut I/O bound Rakefile task evaluation time by 12,4%

          Do you regularly run Rake on projects with thousands of FileTasks? In that case, chances are your Rake execution time is I/O bound. I’ve created two patches that can cut ⅛ off your Rakefile task evaluation/compilation time.

          Rake is the task and build automation tool for the Ruby programming language. It’s distributed as a part of the Ruby Standard Library default set of tools and modules. It’s a make-like tool that incrementally rebuilds only the parts of your project that have changed. It tracks changes by querying the file system for the last modified timestamp of every source and object file in your project. Each of these queries requires an individual system call (syscall) to the operating system kernel per file.

        • Glyphtracer 2.0

          Ages ago I wrote a simple GUI app called Glyphtracer to simplify the task of creating fonts from scanned images. It seems people are still using it. The app is written in Python 2 and Qt 4, so getting it running becomes harder and harder as time goes by.

        • Python
          • One major obstacle to unifying the two types of package managers

            A major difference between what I called program managers (such as Debian’s apt) and module managers (such as Python’s Pip) is their handling or non-handling of multiple versions of dependencies. Program managers are built with the general assumption of a single (global) version of each dependency that will be used by everything that uses it, while module managers allow each top level entity you use them on (program, software module, etc) to have different versions of its dependencies.

          • Structural pattern matching in Python 3.10

            At a recent local Python meetup, a friend was presenting some of the new features in Python 3.8 and 3.9, and afterwards we got to talking about the pattern matching feature coming in Python 3.10. I went on a mild rant about how I thought Python had lost the plot: first assignment expressions using :=, and now this rather sprawling feature.

            My friend interpreted my rant rather generously, and soon said, “it sounds like you want to give a talk about it at our next meetup”. Okay … well, why not!

            In the meantime, I thought I’d get to know the feature better by writing up my thoughts and some code examples in article form. As you can gather, I’m rather biased, but I’ll try to present the positives as well as just criticism.

  • Leftovers
    • Opinion | Mayberry Redux: A Reality That Never Was
    • The Age of Irrationality

      I titled my first book of essays Reasonable Creatures, after Mary Wollstonecraft’s famous remark “I wish to see women neither heroines nor brutes but reasonable creatures.” I’d never use that title now. Women are as rational as men, sure, but that’s not saying much. If Wollstonecraft came back to life, she’d have a heart attack. By comparison with her 18th-century day, we live in paradise, yet people seem as willfully ignorant and blinkered as ever.

    • The Importance Of An About Page

      Having a useful about page, like mine, is very important as it lets your readers both learn about you, and connect with you.

    • Science
      • The Stories Behind 20 Inventions That Changed the World | Mental Floss

        You might find it impossible to imagine a world without your smartphone, or have trouble remembering a time when Wi-Fi wasn’t everywhere, but many of today’s most relied-upon technologies would not have been possible—or even dreamed of—if it weren’t for the game-changing inventions that came before them. And while it’s easy to take many of the marvels of design and engineering we interact with on a daily basis for granted—think toilets, seat belts, and suspension bridges—it’s just as easy to overlook how a handful of more surprising inventions, like the Super Soaker or the pizza saver, have affected the world around us. From blood banks to barcodes and beyond, here are the stories behind 20 inventions that changed the world.

    • Health/Nutrition
      • Opinion | 5 Urgent Steps Needed to Vaccinate the World and End This Pandemic

        The world stands at a critical juncture of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries that lack the first round of vaccine coverage are extraordinarily vulnerable to the highly infectious Delta variant, and are also seedbeds for new variants that could quickly spread worldwide. The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, which I chair, is working urgently with the United Nations system to strengthen the multilateral response. Governments of countries where vaccines are being produced – the United States, European Union members, the United Kingdom, India, Russia, and China – need to cooperate under UN leadership to ensure that a sufficient supply of vaccine doses reaches the poorest countries.

      • Supreme Court Announces Date for Case Directly Challenging Roe v. Wade

        Abortion rights advocates geared up for a major fight as the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will soon hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case in Mississippi which poses a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade.

        The high court confirmed it will consider the case December 1 after months of speculation regarding when it would take up the dispute over Mississippi’s ban on most abortion care after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

      • Florida’s Pandemic Suicide Pact?
      • ‘An Atrocity’: Poor Go Without as Rich Nations Set to Let 100 Million Covid Vaccines Rot

        A new analysis projecting that 100 million Covid-19 vaccines stockpiled by rich nations and set to expire by the end of the year could be left to waste is prompting an outcry from social justice campaigners who warn of a potential “atrocity” as poor nations are refused access to doses.

        The estimate released Sunday by science analytics company Airfinity came as tracking by Our World in Data showed that just 1.9% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose. By contrast, 63% of people in the U.S. and 71% of those in the U.K. have received at least one jab.

      • Campaigners to Biden: Stop Acting Like a Big Pharma ‘Puppet’ and Help Vaccinate the World

        Public health campaigners on Monday pressed President Joe Biden to do far more to help poor countries vaccinate their populations against Covid-19, including by investing heavily in global manufacturing, pushing harder for a suspension of patents, and facilitating the transfer of key technology.

        “Short of such action, the pandemic will continue its devastation, driven by a lack of political will.”

      • Doctors who should know better dumpster dive in VAERS

        I’ve been writing about how antivaxxers misuse the Vaccine Adverse Events Recording System (VAERS) database dating back to very early in my history as a blogger. VAERS, for those unfamiliar with it, is a database to which anyone can report any adverse event (AE) noted after vaccination. It serves as an early warning system that can generate hypotheses regarding correlations between specific AEs and vaccines, but by its very design cannot test these hypotheses. (I’ll explain in detail later in this post when I discuss the shortcomings of VAERS.) Indeed, out of curiosity, I did some searching of all of my blogs and discovered that the first time that I mentioned VAERS and its shortcomings here was on the old Blogspot version of the blood back in 2005 in the context of a discussion of chelation therapy for autism. Because of its very nature, VAERS is prone to misunderstanding and misuse, and, unsurprisingly, VAERS has become a favorite tool of antivaxxers to claim that vaccines cause whatever AE on which they want to blame vaccines. That’s why, over the years, we’ve mentioned VAERS on many times, and I’ve mentioned it elsewhere many times going back to 2005.

      • Indian Civil Society Urges Johnson & Johnson to Stop Exporting Indian-Made Vaccines to Rich Nations

        More than a dozen civil society groups in India have written an open letter to Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. government, urging the pharmaceutical giant to cancel export of Indian-made COVID-19 vaccine doses to rich countries and instead focus on distributing them in the Global South. “The 600 million doses that Johnson & Johnson is manufacturing currently … in India should go where the vaccines are most needed, which is the Indian subcontinent, the African continent and the COVAX Facility,” says public health activist Achal Prabhala, who co-authored the letter and is coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa.

      • Pfizer Says Vaccine Is Safe for Kids Aged 5 to 11, Will Submit to FDA This Month
      • Justice Department Fights Back Against Texas Anti-Abortion Law
      • Major Animal Pharma Industry Group Forced to Remove UN Logo from ‘Misleading’ Briefing on Livestock Climate Impact

        By Sophie Kevany, in a joint investigation by DeSmog and Sentient Media

        An animal pharmaceutical representative body appears to have made a failed attempt to influence the United Nations by using what experts are calling distorted climate information to protect the livestock industry against calls to reduce food animal numbers and eat less animal protein. 

      • Police Are Dying of COVID While Police Unions Fight Vaccines

        A recent report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 71 officers died of “COVID-related causes” contracted while performing official duties — more than gun and traffic incidents combined — between January 1 and June 30. And since the release of that report, the number has risen: As of September 16, the death toll included 133 officers.

        In 2020, COVID-19 was the highest cause of death for police officers on the job, also according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In South Florida alone, at least five officers died of COVID over the course of one week; it’s not clear if all contracted the disease in the line of duty.

    • Integrity/Availability
      • Proprietary
        • American Malware Purveyor That Did Nothing To Limit Misuse Now Horrified To Find Gov’t Of India Misused Its Products

          Another malware purveyor is shocked, SHOCKED to discover its products have been used to do Very Bad Things. Thomas Brewster has more details for Forbes. Here’s the setup:

        • Does Your Organization Have a Security.txt File?

          It happens all the time: Organizations get hacked because there isn’t an obvious way for security researchers to let them know about security vulnerabilities or data leaks. Or maybe it isn’t entirely clear who should get the report when remote access to an organization’s internal network is being sold in the cybercrime underground.

        • Major agriculture group New Cooperative hit by ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Agriculture group New Cooperative group was hit by a ransomware attack over the weekend, potentially endangering operations of a company key to the agricultural supply chain.

          A spokesperson for New Cooperative confirmed the attack to The Hill on Monday, noting in a statement that the company “recently identified a cybersecurity incident that is impacting some of our company’s devices and systems.”

        • [Old] Explainer: Digitech risks for School Boards

          I’m a parent with two children in public schools in Christchurch, NZ. I’m also a software developer with an interest in education. I’m writing this post to make members of NZ school boards of trustees aware of a significant risks they face, but which I believe few if any school boards in NZ recognise, much less attempt to mitigate.

          These risks are created by the software adopted by nearly every school in NZ. This software is provided via national-level agreements made by the Ministry of Education with their vendors, who are mostly US-based multinational technology corporations. Increasingly, school curriculums completely depend on this software.

          Today, nearly every school in NZ is either a ‘Microsoft Office 365′ or a ‘Google Classroom’ school. Many schools also embed products like SeeSaw and StoryPark into their student assessment process and depend on them for parental engagement.

          My goal here is to explain the liabilities lurking within this status quo, and how the Ministry of Education has divested responsibility for these liabilities onto individual school board members.

        • Pseudo-Open Source
        • Security
          • IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 160 available for testing

            This is the announcement for IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 160 which is available for testing. It comes with a large number of bug fixes and package updates and prepare for removing Python 2 which has reached its end of life.

            In recent days and months, the development team has spent a lot of time on finding bottlenecks and removing those. Our goal is to increase throughput on hardware and bringing latency down, for a faster network.

            This update brings a first change which will enable network interfaces that support it, to send packets that belong to the same stream to the same processor core. This allows taking advantage of better cache locality and the firewall engine as well as the Intrusion Prevention System benefit from this, especially with a large number of connections and especially on hardware with smaller CPU caches.

          • Security updates for Monday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (gnutls28, nettle, nextcloud-desktop, and openssl1.0), Fedora (dovecot-fts-xapian, drupal7, ghostscript, haproxy, libtpms, lynx, wordpress, and xen), openSUSE (xen), Red Hat (rh-ruby27-ruby), and SUSE (openssl, openssl1, and xen).

          • Microsoft Ruined Passwords, Now Aims for a Passwordless Future

            There’s no shortage of security people who will tell you that passwords are broken. It’s also not a coincidence how many of them sell products to supplement or replace passwords. Microsoft just announced that the passwordless future is here. In their announcement they make it clear that passwords are broken, and they should know–they broke them!

            This passwordless future requires that Microsoft follow in Apple’s and Google’s footsteps in deciding which software you are allowed to run on your computer. These vendors don’t trust you to manage your own security, instead they want you to hand all trust over to them. Without them in control, they don’t believe your hardware can be trusted and untrusted hardware isn’t allowed to login to the passwordless future. As more vendors follow in Microsoft’s footsteps to implement passwordless logins, they too will anchor their trust in the hardware and ultimately in Microsoft (or Apple or Google). In the name of security and convenience your computer will be less and less your own.

          • Privacy/Surveillance
            • Landlords Use Secret Algorithms to Screen Potential Tenants. Find Out What They’ve Said About You.

              In this guide, you’ll find answers to the following questions:

              Do I have a tenant score?

            • As We’re Told That No New Social Media App Can Make It, TikTok Surpasses Facebook Downloads & YouTube Watch Time

              While I am concerned about the power wielded by giant tech companies and am interested in creating more competition, I’m always a little perplexed by the arguments that people make that, somehow, the “big four” companies of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are so dominant that no new competitor can ever catch up to them. It’s one thing to point to similar articles about Myspace that totally dismissed Facebook as a possible competitor to that platform, but it’s another thing altogether to see new social media apps… actually doing pretty well.

            • Massachusetts’ Top Court Says Police Need Warrants To Search Body Camera Recordings

              Body-worn cameras were supposed to usher in a new era of police accountability. That hasn’t happened. At best, they’ve generated a ton of additional footage of interactions and arrests that may prove valuable to criminal defendants and people filing civil rights lawsuits. “May” is the operative word. Cops still control the footage, which limits public access and increases the odds that unflattering/unhelpful (to police) footage rarely ends up in the hands of the public. The end result is that prosecutors have been the biggest beneficiary of this so-called accountability tech.

            • [Old] Internet of Snitches

              You should have control over your own computers. Your phone should be your castle. True control means controlling your hardware and software. It means picking hardware that doesn’t depend on absolute trust in a vendor for its security, but gives you control over your own security so you don’t have to ask the vendor’s permission to use the computer how you wish. It means using a free operating system that lets you install whatever software you want and remove any software you don’t. Finally, it means running free software that you or anyone in the community can modify (or change back) if a developer ever makes it work against your interests.

              Computers will only become more important and integral in our society, and collectively we get to choose the rules that govern them. It’s not too late to reject technology that’s not on your side. Invest in technology that gives you back the control and ownership you should have always had.

            • Confidentiality
              • Let’s Encrypt’s Root Certificate is expiring!

                On 30th September 2021, the root certificate that Let’s Encrypt are currently using, the IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate, will expire. You may or may not need to do anything about this Root CA expiring, but I’m betting a few things will probably break on that day so here’s what you need to know!

                [...]

                The answer to the question “what will happen when the IdenTrust root expires?” depends on how widespread the types of clients listed above are. I don’t know what’s floating around out there on the Web, and I don’t know what depends on those things either. One thing that I do know, though, is that at least something, somewhere is going to break.

    • Defence/Aggression
      • Why Jake Tapper Never Asks How We Pay for War

        Jake Tappers’ career is inextricably linked to America’s so-called longest running war. His travels there and book–turned–Hollywood film detailing his exploits are how, more than any other beat, he polished his reputation as a Serious Journalist, and not just another pretty suit behind a desk. He’s reported dozens of stories on the conflict, done book events, tweeted nonstop for years about the war in Afghanistan, and done scores of segments on the conflict, including a two-hour primetime special earlier this month lamenting “what went wrong” in the war for the United States.

      • Sanders Denounces a Pentagon Budget System Found ‘Inherently Susceptible to Fraud’

        Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that a new congressional watchdog report showing the Pentagon failing in efforts to combat department-wide fraud and waste revealed an “absolutely unacceptable” situation that merits true accountability.

        Budget Committee chair Sanders (I-Vt.), along with House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), had requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which was made public Monday.

      • Why the Nuclear Sub Deal Will End Badly for the Australians

        Australia has no nuclear power infrastructure; they will be dependent on the US or UK to provide same for any nuclear powered Australian attack subs.  For Australia to develop same on their homeland just to support these subs would be cost-insane.

        The cost of the 12 French subs has been variously described as $40, $60 and $90 billion with the $90 being the most likely but it is not at all clear what beyond just the hulls is accounted for (weapons, services, R&D, and more).  The 3-4 nuclear subs cost a multiple, per unit, the the French subs.  The Australians will be getting one-third to one fourth the number of subs for some unknown increase in cost.

      • Germany’s New Neo-Nazis: The Reichsbürger

        Germany’s antisemitic and semi-fascistic Reichsbürger, also known as sovereign citizens – were at the forefront when a mob of right-wing extremists attacked Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag in August 2020. Like many other right-wing extremists, Reichsbürger too, use anti-lockdown rallies as cover to conjure up supports for its reactionary ideology.

        At Germany’s parliament, three policemen were fighting the crowd of Reichsbürger, Neo-Nazis, anti-vaxxers, and tin-foil-hat wearing conspiracy fantasies believers until reinforcements arrived preventing a German version of what has happened in Washington in January 2021.

      • Opinion | After Defeat in Afghanistan, Can US Envision a Future of Peace?

        Yoda, the Jedi Master in the Star Wars films, once pointed out that the future is all too difficult to see and it’s hard to deny his insight. Yet I’d argue that, when it comes to the U.S. military and its wars, Yoda was just plain wrong. That part of the future is all too easy to imagine. It involves, you won’t be shocked to know, more budget-busting weaponry for the Pentagon and more military meddling across the globe, perhaps this time against “near-peer” rivals China and Russia, and a global war on terror that will never end. What’s even easier to see is that peace will be given no chance at all. Why? Because it’s just not in the interests of America’s deeply influential military-congressional-industrial complex.

      • Dangerous “War Scares” Of 1974, 1983, And 2021: What Needs To Be Done?

        The current imbroglio involving the need for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, to make two calls to his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zoucheng, marks a break in the civil-military chain of command. In actual fact, the U.S. chairman of the JCS is not part of the chain of command for nuclear decisions, but Milley and other senior members of Donald Trump’s national security team were so concerned about the obvious mental deterioration of the president that the calls were essential.  Sensitive intelligence informed us even before the 2020 election that the Chinese leadership had become particularly concerned with Trump’s anti-China rhetoric and the increasingly aggressive U.S. military exercises in the South China Sea.

        In 1974, National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger had become so alarmed with the mental deterioration of President Richard Nixon brought on by a combination of alcohol and anti-depressants that Kissinger informed Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger to block any decision to use force that was communicated from the White House.  Fortunately, Nixon was so overwhelmed with the threat of impeachment that he lacked the inclination or the time to concern himself with using military force to distract the U.S. public, the so-called “wag the dog” syndrome.

      • 20 Years After Start of ‘War on Terror’, Groups Demand Closure of Gitmo ‘Once and For All’

        On the 20th anniversary of the official launch of the so-called “Global War on Terror,” a coalition of progressive advocacy groups on Monday demanded that U.S. President Joe Biden finally shut down the military prison at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, where more than three dozen people are still being detained indefinitely in violation of their human rights.

        “It’s long past time for the Biden administration to close Guantánamo prison and end indefinite detention once and for all.”—Carolyn Fiddler, Daily Kos

      • Never Forget: 9/11 and the 20 Year War on Terror – Excerpts From the Online Event – The Project Censored Show

        Notes: The original webinar is over three hours long, and can be viewed in its entirety below

      • With Clinton lawyer charged, the Russiagate scam is now under indictment
      • Beyond the State

        Protest speaks a language of forceful insistence. “Defund the police,” “Build the wall”—the unyielding demands go back to Moses’ “Let my people go.” So it was curious when the July 2011 issue of the Vancouver-based magazine Adbusters ran a cryptic call to arms: a ballerina posing atop the famous Charging Bull statue on Wall Street, with the question “What is our one demand?” printed above her in red. The question wasn’t answered; readers were only told, “#OccupyWallStreet. September 17th. Bring tent.”

      • R&AW, Delhi Police conducted joint operation with CIA in 2016 to bust ISIS-K camps in Afghanistan: Sources

        When the R&AW got inputs on him, it shared the information with the special cell of Delhi Police who nabbed the suicide bomber in 2016. He was then interrogated by multiple agencies where he revealed information about many terror training camps active in Afghanistan.

        After interrogation, the suicide bomber was deported to Afghanistan. Upon his return, he was again probed by the Afghan security officials about the ISIS-K training camps.

      • When the Taliban Teamed Up With Bill Gates and UNICEF

        Last winter, UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, conducted its own negotiations with the Taliban. The UN agency, like many other non-profits, wanted to operate in Taliban territory and the representatives of the Islamist killers were willing to listen. What the Jihadist organization wanted from the UN was the same deal that Hamas got from UNRWA.

        UNICEF would enable an ad-hoc school system that would operate under Taliban control.

      • Grizzly Scouts militia members admit destroying evidence in fatal shooting of federal officer

        Four Northern California militia members affiliated with the far-right “boogaloo” movement admitted to destroying evidence in the alleged murder of a federal security officer in Oakland last year, authorities said Monday.

    • Environment
      • Hot Reads: Ten Essential New Books About Fighting Climate Change
      • ‘Tipping point’ for climate action: Time’s running out to avoid catastrophic heating

        The report echoes some of the data and warnings from experts in the last year: the average global temperature for the past five years was among the highest on record, and there is an increasing likelihood that temperatures will temporarily breach the threshold of 1.5° Celsius above the pre-industrial era, in the next five years.

        The picture painted by United in Science is bleak: even with ambitious action to slow greenhouse gas emissions, sea levels will continue to rise and threaten low-lying islands and coastal populations throughout the world.

        “We really are out of time. We must act now to prevent further irreversible damage. COP26 this November must mark that turning point. By then we need all countries to commit to achieve net zero emissions by the middle of this century and to present clear, credible long-term strategies to get there”, urged the UN chief.

      • Avi Lewis Hoping Canadians’ Climate Concerns Deliver Electoral ‘Upset of Epic Proportions’

        As Canadians head to the polls Monday on the final day of federal elections, a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and climate activist in British Columbia is hoping his plan to take aggressive action to combat the climate emergency will resonate with enough voters to score an upset victory.

        “The entire political system is failing to confront the level of emergency that we have.”—Avi Lewis,NDP candidate

      • As Gov. Tim Walz Proclaims ‘Minnesota Climate Week,’ Ilhan Omar Says ‘Stop Line 3′

        After Gov. Tim Walz took to Twitter on Monday morning to inform his constituents that “Minnesota Climate Week” had begun, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar urged the governor of her state to immediately block further construction of Line 3, Enbridge’s multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline that endangers local ecosystems and the global climate.

        “This Climate Week, we are reminded that the cost of climate change is clearer than ever,” said Walz, marking the start of a themed week he recently established by proclamation. “Together, let’s recommit to combating climate change to protect the health and beauty of our state for generations to come,” the Democrat added.

      • Energy
      • Wildlife/Nature
        • Don’t Hack the Yaak

          In 1999, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population was “in danger of extinction.”   Today, over 20 years after the finding that these bears should be protected as “endangered,” the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly is still struggling to survive.

          A 2015 peer-reviewed study (Kendall et al (2015)) estimated that in 2012 there were 48–50 Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bears, which is approximately half the number necessary for a viable grizzly population in this area. The study also found the Yaak population to be reproductively isolated from the Cabinet population, which is now highly inbred. Thus, “the small size, isolation, and inbreeding documented by this study demonstrate the need for comprehensive management designed to support population growth and increased connectivity and gene flow with other populations.”

        • Koala numbers fall after bushfires, conservation group says government numbers inaccurate

          Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) chief executive Deborah Tabart said numbers had plummeted to as low as 50,000, leaving the iconic animal perilously close to extinction.

        • Iconic Australian koalas on brink of extinction: conservationists

          “It’s not just the bushfires, there’s also drought and habitat clearing,” Ellis told the ABC.

          “One hundred years ago, the fur trade nearly wiped out the species. If the fur trade did continue, koalas would have vanished, because we know that in some areas where they were wiped out, they never came back.”

        • Koalas in rapid decline around Australia

          Koalas are in rapid decline around Australia, with 30 per cent of the iconic species lost in just three years, the Australian Koala Foundation says.

      • Overpopulation
        • ‘Climate Clock’ Shows Rich Nations Still Owe $90 Billion a Year to Global Green Fund

          As the United Nations General Assembly kicked off in New York City on Monday, activists unveiled a new version of their digital “Climate Clock” to spotlight the extent to which rich countries are reneging on their vow to invest $100 billion a year in a global green energy fund designed to assist developing nations.

          “We are in a climate emergency, and without drastic corrective action on track for climate catastrophe.”

    • Finance
      • Opinion | The Simple, Effective Wealthy Surtax We Need

        The House Ways and Means Committee missed key opportunities in their initial revenue proposals to fairly pay for President Biden’s Build Back Better plans, especially in addressing wealth inequality.

      • Nabisco Strike Ends as Union Members Approve New Contract
      • Black and Asian American Workers Falling Behind in Getting Back Jobs

        In a recent report in July 2021, Jason Furman and William Powell documented that the recent job transition rate from unemployment to employment was somewhat lower than expected given the job opening rate. The job opening rate averaged 5.6 percent in the first six months of 2021. It had previously never been higher than 4.8 percent — a peak hit in 2018 — and usually is well under 4.0 percent. Given this backdrop, this article investigates how demographic groups are transitioning from unemployment into employment and how that compares to their historical relationship between job openings and transitions.

        Effects by Race and Ethnicity

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics
      • The Real Crime That General Milley Exposed

        Trump’s advisors aren’t the villains, either, although Trump was just the latest Republican president advised by Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, whose partner in the years after they advised Nixon, Lee Atwater, had passed away from brain cancer after making a public apology for all the damage he did to our nation in the service of Nixon’s party and, later, George HW Bush (Willie Horton, et al).

        And Nixon, too, presented such a threat to world peace and democracy in America that his own Defense Secretary, James Schlesinger, took actions remarkably similar to Milley’s, as was revealed by the Washington Post on August 22, 1974. Schlesinger and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs George S. Brown (who’d just taken that post on July 1, 1974), the Post wrote, “kept a close watch to make certain that no orders were given to military units outside the normal chain of command.”

      • Rocky Road Ahead for New, Left-leaning Peruvian Government

        Pedro Castillo taught and served as principal in an elementary school in rural Chotaprovince. He was a leader of the regional teachers’ union. Perú Libre invited him to run for president. That socialist party, founded in 2012 by Cuba- trained neurosurgeon Vladimir Cerrón, claims José Mariátegui, founder of Peruvian Communist Party, as its ideological forebearer.

        Political novice Castillo was unknown except in his rural province. His rise owes directly to a rural and/or mostly mestizo population, marginalized and very poor, taking a stand against urban power centers regarded as corrupt, exploitative, and culturally removed.  Lima’s middle class makes up around 35% of the city’s population. One third of all Peruvians live in Lima.

      • The Mexico Dialogue on Venezuela and the End of the Lima Group

        Juan Guaidó, Leopoldo López, and other prominent opposition figures participate in the Unitary Platform, which groups together the majority of opposition parties. The talks with the Maduro government have the approval of the European Union, the United States, and Canada. These countries agree on their willingness to “review the sanctions” imposed on Venezuela if “significant progress is made in a global negotiation” that repairs “the country’s institutions” and allows free elections.

        This political will was demonstrated by Antony Blinken, Josep Borrell, and Marc Garneau, the highest representatives of the diplomacy of those countries, in a document that they jointly signed in late June that calls for “a peaceful solution”, based on  “the Venezuelan people themselves” and channeled through Venezuelan political structures.

      • Democrats Urged to ‘Ignore’ Parliamentarian’s Advice Against Path to Citizenship

        Democratic lawmakers and the White House are facing pressure to disregard the Senate parliamentarian after the unelected official on Sunday deemed a crucial immigration measure out of bounds for reconciliation, endangering an effort to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of people.

        In a three-page opinion (pdf), Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough advised against the inclusion of Democrats’ immigration proposal in the emerging reconciliation package, arguing the measure amounts to “a policy change that substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change.”

      • Why Lindsey Graham is Trying to Rescue Rahm Emanuel

        Worried that certain Democratic senators will refuse to back him because of his administration’s infamous cover-up of a horrendous police murderof a black teenager – and other injustices against people of color in Chicago – Emanuel is now busy lining up GOP senators who will confirm him as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. On Saturday, the Washington Post described Emanuel’s campaign for Republican help as “an aggressive behind-the-scenes effort”; the article’s headline: “Rahm Emanuel, a target of the left, may be rescued by Republicans.”

        Three GOP senators told the Post that they will proudly vote to confirm Emanuel, including that pillar of integrity: Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

      • Opinion | Why Lindsey Graham Is Trying to Rescue Rahm Emanuel

        With civil rights groups and progressive members of Congress staunchly opposed to disgraced former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel becoming a prestigious ambassador, Emanuel is appealing for support from a set of politicians he has repeatedly relied on in his career: Republicans.   

      • Bernie Sanders Backs Canada’s Left Rival to Justin Trudeau

        “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party,” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said during the 2020 presidential campaign. “But in America, we are.”1

      • McConnell, Manchin, Sinema and Pharma Dems Are Preparing to Torpedo Everything
      • Parliamentarian Blocks Dems From Including Immigration in Reconciliation Bill
      • When Biden Met Bennett—and Gave His Blessing to Impunity

        Before leaving Israel for his meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington in late August, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel repeated his firm opposition to Palestinian statehood, thus confirming the permanence of the de facto apartheid that he and his government—like the preceding ones headed by Benjamin Netanyahu—intend to maintain in the Jewish State. Like Netanyahu and most Israelis, he considers the apartheid charge anti-Semitic slander—not because the alleged facts are untrue, but because if Israel does it, you cannot call it apartheid. Why? Because anything done in Israel in the name of its self-interest and for its Jewish citizens is permissible, no matter how clearly deemed illegal by international law.

      • This Week

        And if Biden fails, it won’t just be his agenda that fails. America could continue its vicious cycle of ever-growing wealth and power at the top — power that’s able to rig the rules of the political-economic game against almost everyone else.

      • Beto O’Rourke Planning Texas Governor Run as Greg Abbott’s Ratings Plummet
      • Pennsylvania Democrats Sue GOP Over Their Attempt to “Investigate” 2020 Election
      • Havana Syndrome, Directed Energy Weapons, and the New Cold War

        It started in 2016. U.S. officials in Havana, Cuba, began complaining en masse about hearing strange noises, suffering recurring headaches, nausea, hearing and memory loss. From there it spread around the world, with hundreds of U.S. spies and diplomats in the United Kingdom, Colombia, China, Uzbekistan, Germany, Austria, and in Washington itself reporting similar symptoms. Very little about the cases — even the identities of those involved — can be verified. Nevertheless, the story has become a media sensation, appearing on front pages the world over, with journalists speculating that futuristic microwave weapons are the culprit, likely wielded by devious Russian spies. While the scientific and medical community have cautioned not to jump to conclusions, underlining a number of key flaws in the narrative, the existence of directed energy weapons (DEWs), as they are known, is beyond doubt.

      • A New Endeavor

        It will include thought pieces from me, along with audio recordings, office hour opportunities, and even a few of my drawings.

      • The economy of EVMs

        The induction of electronic voting machines (EVM) in the next general elections is a costly proposition. The EVM-based elections in 2023, according to relevant circles, will double the cost of the extensive exercise.

      • Burgess Owens Told Me to Respect My Elders During a Town Hall

        The details about SC4Y sounded like B.S. to me, but it was Owens’s response to my question that really caught me off guard. The congressman claimed he does not receive money from the organization but still consults with it. Then he chose to take aim at something else: youth voices.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation
      • Hongkongers Battle Supporters Of Beijing For The Soul Of The Chinese-Language Wikipedia

        When Wikipedia was first launched 20 years ago, it was widely derided as an impossible project, bound to fail or, at best, to produce worthless rubbish. And yet today, along with open source software, it is undoubtedly the best demonstration that a distributed team of volunteers can produce work that is not just free but arguably better than anything created for profit using traditional, top-down management approaches. But beyond that, Wikipedia has become something else: a unique repository of validated information and thus, implicitly, a store of “truth” about the past and the present. That has turned many pages of Wikipedia into a battleground, as people with different views fight in sometimes fierce “edit wars” over what counts as “verified”. The choice of information and even how things are phrased often have considerable social, economic or political importance. No surprise, then, that there is a struggle taking place over what Wikipedia should say is happening in the contested space of Hong Kong. Back in July, an article in the Hong Kong Free Press explained:

    • Censorship/Free Speech
    • Civil Rights/Policing
      • Texas Abortion Doctor: “When We Ban Abortion, It Doesn’t Stop the Need for People to Access Abortion”

        We look at the attack on reproductive rights in the United States, as the Department of Justice sues Texas over a new law that bans abortions after six weeks into a pregnancy. The law makes no exception for rape or incest and allows anyone in Texas to sue patients, medical workers or even a patient’s family or friends who “aid and abet” an abortion. “What we see time and time again is when we ban abortion, it doesn’t stop the need for people to access abortion,” says Dr. Bhavik Kumar, a staff physician at Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Houston, Texas.

      • Haiti Official Demands ‘Humanitarian Moratorium’ as US Ramps Up Deportations

        “The speed and scale at which this country has deported Haitians seeking refuge from utter turmoil is reprehensible and anti-black… This is cruel.”—New York state Sen. Zellnor Myrie

      • ‘Do Better,’ Say Advocates as Biden Seeks to Double Refugee Admissions

        As the U.S. State Department announced Monday that it would seek to double the number of refugees resettled in the United States over the next year, migrant rights advocates implored the Biden administration to allow many more people into the country, while ensuring that actual admissions reach the target.

        In a move that would fulfill one of President Joe Biden’s campaign promises, the State Department said in a statement that the administration “recommends an increase in the refugee admissions target from 62,500 in Fiscal Year 2021 to 125,000 in Fiscal Year 2022 to address needs generated by humanitarian crises around the globe.”

      • Biden Vows Mass Deportations as Thousands of Haitian Refugees Shelter in Del Rio
      • Border Patrol Accused of ‘Unfathomable Cruelty’ for Cracking Whips on Haitians

        Progressive leaders and activists on Monday reacted with shock, disgust, and condemnation of an immigration system “designed for cruelty” toward migrants following the publication of photos showing mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents using their horse reins like whips to round up Haitian asylum-seekers along the Texas-Mexico border.

        The El Paso Times reports whip-swinging agents on horseback charged at migrants carrying food and water as they waded across the Rio Grande near Del Rio, in Val Verde County, on Sunday.

      • New Revelations on Haiti Assassination: Grenade-Dropping Drones, Paranoid President & Guards Who Ran

        Miami Herald Haiti and Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles discusses new revelations about the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. In her piece, “Grenade-dropping drones, a paranoid president, guards who ran: Latest on Haiti assassination,” she reports the night President Jovenel Moïse was shot “was actually the second time in a span of weeks that his life was in danger, according to testimony from one of the Colombians in custody, and one of the Haitian Americans.”

      • “People Are Desperate”: Biden Vows Mass Deportations as Thousands of Haitian Refugees Shelter in Del Rio

        Thousands of asylum seekers, primarily from Haiti, have sheltered in a makeshift camp at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Del Rio International Bridge, as the Biden administration has vowed to carry out mass deportations. On Sunday alone, the Biden administration said it sent three deportation flights to Haiti, with several more flights expected in the coming days. “For them to be deporting young children into Haiti right now, … it is unacceptable,” says Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance. We also speak with Jacqueline Charles, Haiti and Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald, who says reporters have had almost no access to the camp. “You cannot access this bridge, so we don’t know what is happening,” Charles says. “This is a huge issue, the lack of transparency around this.”

      • Fighting Inequality After Occupy Wall Street

        Occupy Wall Street was criticized at the time for railing against systemic problems without offering a concrete list of solutions. Yet protesters did speak out about policies they saw as unjust and about others that would address the ills they stood against. The movement has left an indelible mark not just on the national conversation about inequality but on the laws and structures that enable it. The rampant inequality Occupy decried has been perpetuated through decades of policy choices—and can be undone by the same. Below, we identify eight policy areas in which activists and lawmakers have, since 2011, tried to work toward a fairer America.

      • Sexism and Racism on the Left: What Has and Hasn’t Changed Since Occupy Wall Street

        The thousands of people who flocked to New York City’s Zuccotti Park 10 years ago this fall to protest capitalism run amok were far more diverse than the media let on. “It’s true there were a lot of white people, but in the NYC encampment there were many BIPOC people and women of color, like myself, who had very visible leadership roles,” says Sandy Nurse, a carpenter and local organizer who recently won the Democratic primary (and effectively the election) for the 37th District of the New York City Council.1

      • Hindu Family in Pakistan Held Hostage, Tortured for Drinking Water from Mosque: Report

        A Hindu family of poor farmers were held hostage and tortured for fetching drinking water from a mosque in the Punjab province of Pakistan, reports said on Monday.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality
      • The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 101: OpenMedia’s Laura Tribe on Digital Policy and the 2021 Canadian Election

        Global News, Canada Election: How are the Parties Planning to Tackle Cellphone Affordability

      • FCC’s Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On ‘Big Tech’

        A few months back we noted how FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr had taken to Newsweek to dust off a fifteen year old AT&T talking point. Namely that “big tech” companies get a “free ride” on telecom networks, and, as a result, should throw billions of dollars at “big telecom” for no real reason. You’ll recall it was this exact argument that launched the net neutrality debate, when former AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre proclaimed that Google wouldn’t be allowed to “ride his pipes for free.” Basically, telecom giants have long wanted somebody else to fund network builds they routinely leave half finished despite billions in subsidies.

    • Monopolies
      • US states rally around proposed laws to rein in Big Tech

        The letter, which was addressed to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressed explicit support for six bills that passed the House Judiciary Committee in June. Four of the bills directly address Big Tech’s platform powers while two others empower enforcers.

        One measure, if it becomes law, would ensure that antitrust cases brought by state attorneys general remain in the court they select, a move that plaintiffs generally prefer.

        The full House has not voted on the measures, some of which do not yet have companion bills in the Senate.

      • The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021 [Ed: IP Kat helps WIPO spread propaganda, conflating things like patent monopolies with “innovation”. It’s Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo doing it now. Read like a press release.]

        The GII 2021 was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in partnership with the Portulans Institute and with the support of its corporate partners.

      • Patents
        • The UPC: the latest news and a quick refresher [Ed: Patent litigation giants have begun lying again about the UPC; they pay for it.]
        • China throws a wrench into a transpacific trade pact

          When America was still actively part of building the tpp alliance, it was portrayed—and sold to Americans—as a tool to keep China from exercising influence over trading rules. It is still difficult to imagine China’s application being successful in the near term. The cptpp is a detailed agreement requiring deep economic integration, and new members must be admitted by unanimous approval. “China is surprisingly close to meeting cptpp conditions in many areas. But where there are gaps, they’re huge,” according to Jeff Schott of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (piie), a think-tank in Washington, dc. He reckons the country has made huge strides in recent years on intellectual-property [sic] and investment rights [sic]. But the dominance of state-owned enterprises (soes), weak labour rights and concerns about data privacy leave a lot of ground to catch up.

        • Patent Law at the Supreme Court September 2021

          So far, the Supreme Court has not granted certiorari in any patent cases for its 2021-2022 Term. Still, there are a couple dozen cases pending that may offers some interest. On September 27, 2021, the court is meeting privately for what is known as the “long conference” to decide the fate of the petitions for writ of certiorari that have piled-up over the summer. There are also a host of additional petitions scheduled for a later conference or not yet scheduled. Although the total number of petitions is down from last year, there is much more diversity since we have now largely moved past the appointments-clause issues.

          Capacity to Sue: My favorite pending case is Tormasi v. Western Digital. Tormasi is a convicted murderer and also a patentee seeking to enforce his disk-drive patent. The Federal Circuit held that Tormasi lacked the “capacity to sue” under Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 17(b). That provision states that an individual’s capacity to sue is determined by “the law of the individual’s domicile.” Tormasi lives in New Jersey (state prison) and the administrative rule in N.J. bars a prisoner from conducting business activities without the Wardon’s approval. The courts held that his enforcement action is an “unauthorized patent monetization business” and thus that he has no capacity to sue. Tormasi argues that this conclusion violates his due process and other constitutionally protected rights. There are other standing-related cases pending in the trademark context: Naked TM, LLC v. Australian Therapeutic Supplies Pty. Ltd. (standing to petition cancel a TM registration); See also Kaszuba v. Hirshfeld (pro se, standing of USPTO to intervene in TM appeal).

        • New Hungarian Government Decree On Patent Protection: Encouragement Of Pa-tents vs. Threat Of Compulsory Licensing

          In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on 6 August 2021 the Hungarian Government issued Decree No. 474/2021 on the different application of the Patent Act (Act XXXIII of 1995). According to the decree, patent applications filed after the entry into force of this decree will not be subject to a maintenance fee for the first three years of patent protection. The decree was promulgated on 6 August 2021 and will remain in force until the end of the state of emergency related to COVID-19.

          Although no reasoning was provided to the decree, the decree is in line with the Government’s aim to encourage research and development. Lifting part of the financial burden of obtaining patent protection on innovations may boost Hungary’s innovation performance and facilitate economic growth disrupted by the pandemic.

          The owner of a patent has exclusive rights to exploit the invention. Without exclusive rights through patent protection, there would be no chance of a return on research and development activities, since other companies could copy the results and enter the market with the same product while spending nothing on their own development process.

        • N.H. patents through Sept. 19 [Ed: What is this ritual about patent monopolies? Is a 'shopping list' of patents considered "news" now?]
        • Opinion | Public Origins of Covid Vaccine Technology Expose Indecency of Big Pharma Pandemic Profits

          Public Citizen recently uncovered “an agreement that the European Commission reached with Pfizer and BioNTech last November to purchase 100 million doses of the companies” mRNA vaccine, which was developed with the support of government funding and U.S. taxpayer-financed technology.

      • Trademarks
        • Turner Entertainment Forces Name Change Of ‘Surrender Dorothy’ Beer, Which Isn’t Actually Referencing Wizard Of Oz

          It won’t come as a total surprise that we have covered intellectual property stories involving The Wizard of Oz in the past. Both the book and film are iconic to say the least, so it would perhaps be a bit strange if such issues didn’t arise from time to time. That being said, the relevant players here tend to be on the extreme end of the enforcement spectrum, which leads to extreme cases such as Warner Media opposing a trademark filing by a self-proclaimed “wicked witch” for some reason.

      • Copyrights
        • Virgin Media Subscribers Told to Pay “Thousands of Pounds” to Settle Piracy Lawsuits

          Virgin Media subscribers receiving letters accusing them of movie piracy may find that settling their cases will be a costly affair. TorrentFreak understands that settlement demands run to several thousand pounds, a massive uplift on the several hundred usually requested in similar cases. Interestingly, however, some subscribers could be immune from being sued.

        • U.S. Copyright Holders Want Tougher Anti-Piracy Measures in China

          The IIPA, which represents the MPA, RIAA, and other entertainment industry groups, would like China to take a stand against online piracy. This includes targeting pirate sites and apps. In addition, the Chinese government should encourage technology giant Baidu to take more responsibility by applying rigorous filtering technology and terminating repeat infringers.

        • CC Global Summit to Promote Open Access and Better Sharing

          More than a thousand educators, lawyers and tech experts from over 65 countries will come together this week for a global summit to promote open access and better sharing of research and resources.

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Links 20/9/2021: Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00, DXVK 1.9.2, and NVIDIA 470.74 Graphics Driver

Monday 20th of September 2021 10:42:12 PM

Contents
  • GNU/Linux
    • Audiocasts/Shows
      • Linux Essentials – Public Key Authentication – Invidious

        Public Key Authentication with OpenSSH is preferred, as it’s a much stronger method of authenticating to your servers when compared to using password authentication. In fact, password authentication in OpenSSH should always be disabled. But before you can password authentication, you’ll need to set up public key authentication, and that’s exactly what we’ll do in today’s video.

      • Creating Partitions In Linux Using fdisk (and other tools) – Invidious

        When it comes to command line installations of Linux (and other operating systems), the scariest part for most people is partitioning and formatting your drives. But it’s not that complicated, and tools like fdisk make it really simple.

    • Kernel Space
      • Kernel prepatch 5.15-rc2

        The 5.15-rc2 kernel prepatch is out for testing.

      • Linus Torvalds reveals the ‘true’ anniversary of Linux code

        Linux kernel creator Linux Torvalds has announced Linux 5.15-rc2, the second release candidate for the next version of the Linux kernel.

        Torvalds’s weekly Sunday wrap-up marked the progress in the Linux kernel but he has also taken the time to point out the thirtieth anniversary of Linux v0.01, which he uploaded from Helsinki on the evening of September 17, 1991.

      • Graphics Stack
        • NVIDIA 470.74 for Linux is out fixing up memory usage for Direct3D 12 with VKD3D-Proton

          NVIDIA today released the NVIDIA 470.74 driver for Linux from their “Production Branch” which includes some important bug fixes so you might want to upgrade now if you’ve been holding off.

          One issue that has been coming up for users of Steam Play Proton is that Direct3D 12 games have been seeing high system memory usage, which has caused many Windows games to become unplayable. Thankfully this driver fixes that! Thanks to that fix most people should be able to upgrade to 470.74.

        • NVIDIA 470.74 Graphics Driver Brings Support for Linux Kernel 5.14, Firefox Improvements

          Good news for NVIDIA users who want to upgrade their distributions to Linux 5.14 as NVIDIA 470.74 is here with a fix for bug that caused the nvidia-drm.ko kernel module to crash when loading with DRM-KMS enabled (modeset=1) on the Linux 5.14 kernel series.

          In addition, it improves support for the Mozilla Firefox web browser to prevent visual corruption by adding an application profile to disable FXAA (also available for FreeBSD and Solaris systems), it fixes a Vulkan performance regression that affected the rFactor2 computer racing simulator game, and addresses a bug that could cause GPU apps to exit when resuming from suspend.

        • NVIDIA 470.74 Linux Driver Released With Several Fixes – Phoronix

          NVIDIA has released their latest 470 series Linux driver point release.

          The NVIDIA 470 series Linux proprietary driver continues to mature with today’s 470.74 driver release to kick off a new week.

          The NVIDIA 470.74 Linux driver has a fix around high system memory usage for some games with VKD3D-Proton for running Direct3D 12 atop Vulkan. There is also a notable fix to ensure FXAA is disabled for Mozilla Firefox to prevent visual corruption. There is also a Vulkan performance regression fix for rFactor2.

        • Mike Blumenkrantz: Underwater

          I got a request recently to fix up the WebGL Aquarium demo. I’ve had this bookmarked for a while since it’s one of the only test cases for GL_EXT_multisampled_render_to_texture I’m aware of, at least when running Chrome in EGL mode.

          Naturally, I decided to do both at once since this would be yet another extension that no native desktop driver in Mesa currently supports.

        • xf86-input-libinput 1.2.0

          This release introduces support for touchpad gestures that will
          be available as part of X server 21.1. Additionally high-resolution
          scrolling data is now acquired from libinput if available and sent
          downstream to X server. The default scroll distance has been bumped
          to 120 in the process, but this should not affect correctly written
          clients.

        • xf86-input-libinput 1.2 Brings Touchpad Gestures, High Resolution Scrolling – Phoronix

          For those continuing to make use of the X.Org Server, xf86-input-libinput 1.2 is now available for integrating the latest functionality of libinput input handling library.

          Libinput 1.19 released last week with support for hold gesture types and high resolution wheel scrolling. The xf86-input-libinput 1.2 release for this X.Org DDX now supports touchpad gestures and high resolution scrolling data as well when pairing this driver with libinput 1.19. In the case of the hold gestures, it requires to be used in conjunction with the forthcoming X.Org Server 21.1 release.

        • NVIDIA Prepares The Linux Kernel For Future Laptops With EC-Driven Backlights – Phoronix

          NVIDIA is contributing a new open-source driver to the upstream Linux kernel for dealing with upcoming laptops where the backlight controls are handled by the device’s embedded controller (EC).

          With Linux 5.16 later this year NVIDIA is ready with the “wmaa-backlight-wmi” driver for EC-based backlight controls for upcoming laptop/notebook computers.

        • AMD Continues CRIU Work To Checkpoint/Restore ROCm Compute Workloads – Phoronix

          Earlier this year AMD went public with prototyping CRIU support for Radeon GPUs around ROCm to be able to checkpoint/freeze running compute workloads and to then restore them at a later point. This CRIU focus is driven by their big accelerator needs and forthcoming supercomputers for migrating workloads particularly within containers. AMD continues working on CRIU support for GPUs and last week provided an update on the project.

    • Applications
      • Micro Text Editor: Lightweight and Intuitive Terminal-Based Editor

        Micro command-line text editor is designed to replace Nano as the text editor for the masses. It is modern and easy to use cross-platform text editor.

        A newcomer to the wonderful world of Linux will eventually need to place or alter some text in a file. In addition to, numerous programs and system settings in Linux are tucked away in text files. You can open these with your default text editor such as Gedit, Kate, Mousepad or Pluma, but the terminal is often faster, especially when you need administrator permissions.

        And so we come to Vi or Vim, but they are not the easiest for new Linux users. Fortunately, most Linux distributions include a text editor called Nano as a standard utility. For most uses, Nano is easy to use and it doesn’t require a significant learning curve. But you don’t have to settle on Nano. There is a middle ground. Something that is a little better than Nano, but certainly not so difficult to learn as Vim, and this is the Micro text editor.

      • Pensela: An Open-Source Tool Tailored for Screen Annotations

        You may have come across several screenshot tools available for Linux. However, a dedicated screen annotation tool along with the ability to take screenshots? And, with cross-platform support?

        Well, that sounds even better!

        While you get many tools to beautify your screenshots and the screenshot tools like Flameshot, Pensela lets you focus on annotations first.

        It focuses on offering several annotation options while giving you the ability to take full-size screenshots.

        Here, I shall highlight some of its features along with my experience using it.

      • Giada 0.18.2 Hardcore Loop Machine Brings New Stereo In/Out Audio Meters, Revamped Action Editor

        For those not in the known, Giada is a universal music production software that can be used as a loop machine, sample player, song editor, live recorder, FX processor, or MIDI controller. The new release, Giada 0.18.2, is here to introduce new features like stereo in/out audio meters and a revamped Action Editor for better usability and support for displaying the play head.

        For connoisseurs, it also implements queue for MIDI events, simplifies the Event Dispatcher’s event type function, moves the JACK transport operations to the new JackTransport class, adds support for always picking sample rates from the first audio device when using JACK, and adds AtomicSwapper as a git submodule.

      • gThumb 3.12.0 Released! How to Install via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04

        gThumb image viewer and organizer announced version 3.12.0 as the new stable release series!

        gThumb 3.12.0 is the new stable series since the last 3.10.x, while the 3.11.x is the development release.

      • If you have migrated to Linux, here are several Top Essential Linux Apps recommendations – LinuxStoney

        Either because you got tired of your operating system or you ran out of support when using old systems, if you decided that it was a good idea to move to Linux and you do not have much experience with the subject, you may be somewhat lost when it comes to installing the applications that already you used or looking for a replacement for them .

        The most important thing to keep in mind is that in some exceptional cases such as Microsoft Office and Adobe’s suite of creative apps, most of the very popular software has versions for Linux or at least one alternative that covers exactly the same needs, If not, your new favorite word must be “adaptation.”, so in this article we discover Top Essential Linux Apps

    • Instructionals/Technical
      • Use Vagrant to test your scripts on different operating systems | Opensource.com

        I’ve been happy using Vagrant for quite a while now. I work with several DevOps tools, and installing them all on one system can get complicated. Vagrant lets you do cool things without breaking your system because you don’t have to experiment on your production system at all.

        If you’re familiar with VirtualBox or GNOME Boxes, then learning Vagrant is easy. Vagrant is a simple and clean interface for working with virtual machines. A single config file, called Vagrantfile, allows you to customize your virtual machines (called Vagrant boxes). A simple command-line interface lets you start, stop, suspend, or destroy your boxes.

      • Customize GStreamer build with only the features needed for your application

        Thanks to a partnership between Collabora and Huawei is now possible to build Gstreamer with just the features required for a specific application, reducing the binary size for space-constrained embedded systems.

        Gstreamer is a very popular open-source multimedia framework used in a wide variety of projects and products, and with an impressive number of features spread over 30 libraries and more than 1600 elements in 230 plugins. This is not a problem on desktop PC and most smartphones, but the size of the binary may be too large for some systems, and until recently it was no easy way to customize GStreamer build for a specific application. But Collabora changed the code to allow gst-build to generate a minimal GStreamer build.

      • Install netstat on Debian 11

        Like all packages belonging to the net-tools collection, the command netstat isn’t included in new Linux distributions such as Debian 11. This tutorial explains how to add the netstat command on Debian 11, its predecessors, and based Linux distributions such as Ubuntu.

      • How to Add/Remove User Account in Manjaro

        Managing user accounts in any Linux distribution is one of the main tasks of the system administrators. The separate user accounts facilitate administrators to keep boundaries between the users and their processes on the system.

        The article illustrates how to create user accounts via GUI and CLI in Manjaro Linux. We also describe predefined user account settings and files to configure the user environment. Lastly, we describe CLI tools usermod and userdel to modify account settings and delete the account.

      • How to install Xvfb on Ubuntu

        X virtual framebuffer abbreviated as Xvfb is designed for Unix/ Linux Operating System. It allows you to execute graphical apps without having to use a monitor by connecting some input device. Virtual memory is used to perform graphical operations and it allows the program to run headlessly.

      • How to Export VMware Workstation Pro 16 Virtual Machines in OVA Format

        VMware Workstation Pro 16 can export virtual machines in OVF and OVA format. OVF stands for Open Virtualization Format, and OVA stands for Open Virtualization Appliances.

        If you export a VMware Workstation Pro 16 virtual machine in OVF format, it will generate multiple files. On the other hand, if you export a VMware Workstation Pro 16 virtual machine in OVA format, it will generate only a single file. In that sense, OVA is easier to import on other hypervisors as you will have to deal with a single file.

        In this article, I will show you how to export a VMware Workstation Pro 16 virtual machine in OVA format and import it on VMware Workstation Pro 16 again. So, let’s get started.

      • How to use MouseTweaks on Ubuntu

        Under Ubuntu, the development of Mousetweaks was started as GSoc7 project in 2001. Mousetweaks is accessibility software and now is part of GNOME since version 2.22 is released. It adds various functionalities to your mouse settings, such as permitting a user to open the context menu by clicking and holding the left button of your mouse. So, Ubuntu users who want to manipulate one button can use this software. MouseTweaks has four click types: left-click, right-click, double-click, and drag-click. It also provides you the facility to temporarily lock the pointer on a particular area on the screen.

        Now, you will learn about how to install and use MouseTweaks on your Ubuntu system. So let’s start!

      • Ubuntu Generate SSH key step by step

        SSH is known, as Secure Shell, is the most popular network protocol that helps establish a secure connection between a server and client. Using the SSH, users can safely run commands on remote servers, forward ports, create tunnels, and perform other actions. The SSH supports different kinds of authentication techniques. One of the most common mechanisms is password authentication, and the other one is public-key-based authentication. In both, the public key-based authentication is more secure and convenient than the password authentication method and based on digital signatures.

        This article will provide you a step-by-step SSH key generation guide for the Ubuntu system. We will discuss how to generate an SSH key and set up SSH key-based authentication on Ubuntu 20.04 system. Let us dive into the details!

      • How to install and configure VNC on Ubuntu

        VNC is an acronym for Virtual Network Computing; freely available, open-source and alternative for the Microsoft RDP protocol (RDP). This technology is introduced for graphically sharing your desktop system by enabling you to operate another computer remotely using your mouse and keyboard. In other words, we can say that VNC is a set of protocols utilized for sharing desktop systems. It allows users who are not comfortable with the command-line to manage their settings, applications, and files remotely.

        Now, you will learn about how to install and setup VNC on your Ubuntu system. So let’s start!

      • How to Take Snapshots of Virtual Machines in VMware Workstation Pro 16

        Imagine a situation where you’re trying to perform a system upgrade, or you want to try some new software on your virtual machine, and you’re not sure how things will turn out. In these situations, you can take a snapshot of the virtual machine before performing the task, do the task, and see how it goes. If you don’t like the result, you can always restore the virtual machine from the snapshot to take the virtual machine back in time before performing the task like magic.

      • Introduction to Debian Package Management

        Ubuntu and all other Debian Linux distributions offer a comprehensive set of package management systems that provides access to an organized database of over 6000 packages. The package management facilitates the task of package installation, configuration, upgrade, and removal. It also resolves the process of dependency-related issues by including the dependency resolution features.

      • Left Join PostgreSQL

        PostgreSQL Join is a feature that allows you to combine columns from one table with one or more tables based on the common columns between the related tables.

      • What is Coalesce in PostgreSQL?

        Coalesce is a very useful function in PostgreSQL in Windows 10. We all know that we can insert both types of values in the PostgreSQL table, i.e., null or non-null. However, at times, we do not want to see those null values while processing our data. In this case, the coalesce function can be used whose purpose is to display the first non-null value that it encounters. This discussion will mainly revolve around exploring the usage of the coalesce function in PostgreSQL in Windows 10.

      • How Do I Concatenate in PostgreSQL?

        Concat means to make one or add up something. The Concat function or method has been extensively used in the database for decades to concatenate two or more words, strings, sentences, and many more. Concatenate function does nothing when applied on the NULL arguments. Within this article, we will demonstrate the operation of the Concat function within the PostgreSQL database. Let’s start by opening up the PostgreSQL GUI application named pdAdmin 4 from the start bar of the Windows 10 desktop. While it has been opened, let’s have some examples for concatenation of strings, characters, and numbers.

      • How to Remove a Non-Empty Directory in Linux

        In Linux, whenever you want to delete a file, you’d use the rm command. When it comes to deleting a directory, however, things get a bit complex. To delete a directory, there’s a dedicated tool rmdir that can remove empty directories. What if the target directory contains a bunch of unnecessary files?

      • Linux Wc -C Option to Count Bytes

        The Linux command wc followed by the -c flag (wc -c) can be used to count file bytes.

        This tutorial explains how to count file bytes using both wc and du commands. After reading this tutorial, you will know how to easily count bytes, lines, and words in Linux.

      • Linux Bluetooth Not Working Troubleshooting

        Issues with Bluetooth connectivity in Linux go way back in time. Many users have experienced issues sharing their documents. Others have had issues connecting their PCs to their handhelds or headphones to enjoy their desired playlists or bingeing on videos. This issue still pertains to the recently released Ubuntu LTS versions. The Linux forums are full of user complaints regarding this matter. So, in this article, we provide the solution to this issue and resolve it once and for all.

      • How to Use Linux Network Namespace

        Linux network namespaces are a Linux kernel feature allowing us to isolate network environments through virtualization. For example, using network namespaces, you can create separate network interfaces and routing tables that are isolated from the rest of the system and operate independently.

        To understand namespaces easily, it is worth saying Linux namespaces are the basis of container technologies like Docker or Kubernetes.

        For now, Linux includes 6 types of namespaces: pid, net, uts, mnt, ipc, and user. This tutorial focuses on Linux network namespaces.

        If you command lsns, it will display all existing namespaces in your system, as shown in the image below.

      • How to use the bc command in Linux for Arithmetic Calculations?

        The bc command stands for Basic Calculator in Linux. We use the bc command as a command-line calculator. The bc command offers the capabilities of a simple scientific calculator or any financial calculator. This language allows the execution of statements interactively. Also, we can use the numbers having arbitrary precision with the bc command language.

        Arithmetic calculations are fundamental operations in programming languages. We can use the bc command language as a scripting language and an interactive shell for mathematics.

        The bc command line can perform Mathematical, Boolean, and Logical operations, and many more. The syntax of the bc command line is somehow similar to the C language.

      • How to install Kali Linux 2021.3 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Kali Linux 2021.3

      • How To Identify Operating System Using TTL Value And Ping – OSTechNix

        Did you know that we can identify which operating system is running on a remote system by simply pinging it? Yes! In this brief guide, we will see how to determine operating system with TTL value and Ping command. This method should work on any operating system that has Ping command line utlity.

        There are plenty of commands, applications, and utilities exists to find out the OS of a remote system. However, finding operating system type with TTL is super easy!

        You can quickly detect whether a system is running with Linux, or Windows or any other OS by looking at the TTL value from the output of the ping command. You don’t need any extra applications to detect a remote system’s OS.

      • Install and Use G++ on Ubuntu

        While working as an application developer, it is common practice that some projects require different compiler versions for handling source code. With the rapid increase of software technology, you often find yourself where you need to use a specific compiler for a project. Today, different compiler versions are using for compiling the C programs. Here, we will talk about the G++ GNU compiler; a Linux system compiler specifically used to compile C++ programs. The file extensions of these programs are .c and .cpp that are compiled using the G++ compiler.

        This article aims to provide a detailed guide on installing and using the G++ compiler on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system. You can achieve this goal by installing some development tools named build-essential packages on your system.

      • Getting started with JBoss | Enable Sysadmin

        JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) is an enterprise-grade, open source platform to deploy highly transactional and scalable web applications. It includes everything you need to build, run, deploy, and manage enterprise-level Java applications in different environments—including on-premises, virtual environments, and private, public, and hybrid clouds.

        This article explains some of what I have learned during my time with JBoss EAP, its operating modes, installing it, and managing the JBoss service. I will also show how to build and deploy a sample web application archive (WAR) file so that you can learn alongside me.

      • How to scale GRUB menu on 4K displays

        Several weeks ago, I installed Kubuntu 20.04 on my IdeaPad Y50-70, a somewhat old but rather capable 15.6-inch laptop with a 4K screen resolution. Predictably, the device wasn’t usable in its native screen mode, and I had to make everything bigger, scaling and all that. In the end, I managed to create an ergonomically comfortable setup, with two exceptions – the login menu, and the boot menu.

        The former gave me some grief, but I was able to get it sorted. With GRUB, there were more problems. One, the menu wouldn’t show, even though I had a dual-boot configuration in place. Two, the menu was tiny, with the text barely readable. So I embarked on a journey of GRUB modifications, hence this tutorial. Let me show you how you can make the GRUB menu bigger on HD/UHD displays.

      • Use this Linux command-line tool to learn more about your NVMe drives | Opensource.com

        NVMe stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express, and it refers to how software and storage communicate across PCIe and other protocols, including TCP. It’s an open specification led by a non-profit organization and defines several forms of solid-state storage.

        My laptop has an NVMe drive, as does my desktop. And they’re fast. I love how quickly my computers boot and how quickly they’re able to read and write data. There’s no perceptible delay.

        It also didn’t take long for me to get curious about the technology driving this ultra-fast storage, so I did a little investigation. I learned that NVMe drives consume less power while delivering much faster access to data compared to even SSD drives over SATA. That was interesting, but I wanted to know more about my particular NVMe drives, and I wanted to know how they compared with other drives. Could I securely erase the drive? How could I check its integrity?

        Those questions led me to an Internet search that yielded an open source project with a collection of tools to manage NVMe drives. It’s called nvme-cli.

      • Delta Chat, Overview and Installation

        The email messenger, Delta Chat, is a Germany communication app which everyone can use and just works friends and family even without them using the same application. This article overviews it and give installation guide for Ubuntu and Android users. Let’s chat!

      • How to install Node.js & NPM on Debian 11

        Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform runtime environment for developing server-side and networking applications built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. It uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient.

        NPM(Node Package Manager) is the default package manager for Node.js. It comes installed when you install Node.js. You can do almost everything with it since it provides access to thousands of packages that can be downloaded and installed in your application’s project directory through the command-line interface.

        In this article, we will learn what Nodejs is and how to install it on a Linux machine using a non-root user account.

      • How to Install pgAdmin 5 PostgreSQL Administration Tool on Debian 11

        pgAdmin is a free and open-source graphical administration tool for PostgreSQL which is easy to use. It supports PostgreSQL 9.6 and above, and it can be run on multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux.

      • Install Filebeat on CentOS 8 – Unixcop

        Filebeat is used to ship logs to logstash or Elastic search to filter and use them as per requirement. Whether you’re collecting from security devices, cloud, containers, hosts, or OT, Filebeat helps you keep the simple things simple by offering a lightweight way to forward and centralize logs and files.

        Filebeat consists of two main components: inputs and harvesters. These components work together to tail files and send event data to the output that you specify.

        An input is responsible for managing the harvesters and finding all sources to read from.

      • How to Install FreeRADIUS and Daloradius on Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        RADIUS is a AAA (authentication, authorization, and accounting) protocol that helps in controlling network access. In other words, RADIUS protocol is used for connection management between the Network Access Server (NAS) and Authentication server.

        The connection between two ends(NAC-NAS or NAS-Authentication server) is initiated after a successful negotiation on the network layer by exchanging packets containing necessary information such as NAS identification, authentication port number etc.
        In simple words, it can be said that RADIUS provides authentication, authorization, and account information from an Authentication server to a device requesting access.

      • Jamie McClelland | Putty Problems

        I upgraded my first servers from buster to bullseye over the weekend and it went very smoothly, so big thank you to all the debian developers who contributed your labor to the bullseye release!

        This morning, however, I hit a snag when the first windows users tried to login. It seems like a putty bug.

        First, the user received an error related to algorithm selection. I didn’t record the exact error and simply suggested that the user upgrade.

        Once the user was running the latest version of putty (0.76), they received a new error:

      • How to Install Gitea with NGINX and Free Let’s Encrypt SSL on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install the Gitea software on your VPS along with Nginx as a webserver and Free Let’s Encrypt certificate, using Ubuntu 20.04.

        install gitea with nginx and free lets encrypt ssl on ubuntu 20.04
        Gitea is software written in “Go” programing language and is similar to Bitbucket, GitHub, and Gitlab. The software is used for self-hosted Git service and is compatible with multiple operating systems like Linux, Windows, macOS, and ARM.

        The installation will take no more than 10 minutes and you will enjoy it while installing it. Let’s get started!

      • How to Reset the Root Password in Linux – Make Tech Easier

        In Linux, regular users and superusers are allowed to access services via password authentication. In the case a regular user can’t remember his/her password, a superuser can reset the password of a regular user right from the terminal. However, what if the superuser (or root user) loses his/her password? They will have to recover the lost password prior to booting into the login screen. This allows any malicious user with physical access to your Linux host to gain complete ownership. This article takes a look at how to recover a lost root password in Linux using two different methods.

      • How to Upgrade to Fedora 35 Beta from Fedora 34

        Fedora has released their first official beta release for Fedora 35 that was made available on the 14th of September 2021. The new OS brings quite a few changes, most notably the Linux Kernel 5.14, Gnome 41, PHP 8, Flatpack third-party repository support, New panel for multitasking settings, Power profiles access from the system tray menu, and much more.

        The tutorial below will teach you how to successfully upgrade Fedora 34 to the newly released Fedora 35 Beta.

      • How to install WineHQ on Debian 11 Bullseye – Linux Shout

        “Wine” stands for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”, it is a free and popular program to run Windows applications on Linux such as Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS operating systems. As its name suggests Wine is not an emulator, but a runtime environment that ensures compatibility with Windows. It provides Windows programs a compatibility layer to work without actually having Win OS.

        Even some Windows games can be played this way under Linux. You call up the “Wine” configuration via the terminal and the command “winecfg”. The user even can specify the particular Windows version such as Windows 10 including Windows 8 and 7 as well as Vista and Windows XP.

      • How To Use Steam Proton To Play Windows Games On Linux?

        There’s no denying the fact that Linux gaming is getting better each day. Thanks to the Proton compatibility layer, which translates DirectX commands on Windows to Vulkan-understandable instructions on Linux, over 16,000 games in the Steam library can be played on Linux.

        Proton is indeed a huge deal for Linux, especially with Valve using the same in its upcoming Steam Deck with Linux. But how exactly can we use Steam Proton to play Windows games on Linux? Read more to find out.

      • Linux 101: What are stopped jobs on Linux and how to use them? – TechRepublic

        Have you ever gone to exit out of a Linux terminal, only to be warned there are stopped jobs? What are these mysterious things and how do you finally stop them? Let’s figure out this puzzle.

        The first thing you need to understand is what stopped jobs are. Basically, they are jobs that have been temporarily placed in the background. Say, for instance, you run the top command. Instead of actually closing it with Ctrl+C, you’d rather keep it running in the background, so you can recall it later. For that, you use the Ctrl+Z keyboard combination. When you do that, you place the command in the background.

    • Wine or Emulation
      • DXVK 1.9.2 Improves Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, Need For Speed Heat, and Other Games

        DXVK 1.9.2 is here almost two months after the DXVK 1.9.1 release and introduces more bug fixes to reduce overall CPU overhead in Direct3D 9 and address several issues, as well as to improve support for several Windows games that some of you might want to play on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions.

        Among these, there’s a fix for reflection rendering in Call of Cthulhu, a workaround for poor performance in the Crysis 3 and Homefront: The Revolution, improved gamma curve in GODS, a fix for incorrect rendering Fantasy Grounds, and a fix for blank screen in Paranormal Files.

      • DXVK 1.9.2 Released With More Games In Better Shape – Phoronix

        DXVK 1.9.2 is out as the newest version of this key library necessary to the success of Valve’s Steam Play (Proton) by translating Direct3D 9/10/11 calls to Vulkan for a much more performant Windows gaming experience on Linux.

        DXVK 1.9.2 reduces the CPU overhead in its Direct3D 9 path while also contains a wide variety of fixes. There are many game-specific issues fixed in this release including for titles like Crysis 3, Homefront: The Revolution, Total War: Medieval 2, Need For Speed Heat, Payday, and other games.

      • DXVK 1.9.2 Released With More Games In Better Shape – Phoronix

        DXVK, one of the major parts of Steam Play Proton that translates Direct 3D 9 / 10 / 11 to Vulkan has a new release out and there’s plenty of nice fixes.

        Performance has been a focus recently and this release improves on that for Direct 3D 9, thanks to a reduction in overall CPU overhead (something that will be useful for the Steam Deck). Improvements continued there for D3D9 thanks to fixes to various failures in Wine’s D3D9 tests, various issues fix for “d3d9.evictManagedTexturesOnUnlock” and also for “d3d11.relaxedBarriers”.

    • Games
    • Distributions
      • New Releases
        • Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00 Officially Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye”

          As Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” has been officially released last month, it was just a matter of time until the Emmabuntüs Collective put together the final details of their Emmabuntüs Debian Edition (DE) 4 release series, which is derived from the Debian GNU/Linux 11 operating system series, of course, supporting both the Xfce and LXQt desktop environments.

          Powered by the long-term supported Linux 5.10 LTS kernel series, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00 features the latest and greatest Xfce 4.16 desktop environment, along with the LXQt 0.16.0 desktop environment, which you can select from the first run, an OEM install mode via the Calamares graphical installer, and new tools, including VeraCrypt, GtkHash, Linux Mint’s Warpinator, and zram-tools.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora
        • A look at Red Hat Ceph Storage 5

          Red Hat Ceph Storage 5 is now generally available. This release includes support for NFSv4, additional disaster recovery capabilities for CephFS and RBD, as well as new security features and performance improvements.

        • Add finally tasks to Tekton pipelines – IBM Developer

          Tekton Pipeline 0.14 introduced the finally clause in the Pipeline specification. This section is ideal for running anything just before exiting the pipeline, such as cleaning up any acquired resources, sending notifications, rolling back deployments, and more.

          As defined on the Tekton website, the finally section takes a list of one or more tasks that are all executed in parallel after all tasks are finished executing — regardless of a success or a failure. The following code shows the finally section of a pipeline.

        • Developer diaries: Observability-driven development using Instana – IBM Developer

          In this episode of our Developer Diaries series, JJ & Chris do a bit of pair programming to show how developers can use Instana for observability-driven development.

        • podman build (user namespace) and Rename.

          podman build (user namespace) and Rename. It seems like Debian bullseye, if I run podman, it runs in user namespace mode if you run it inside a regular user. That’s fine, but it uses fuse overlayfs driver. Now I am yet to pinpoint what is happening, but rename() is handled in a weird way, I think it’s broken. os.Rename() in golang is copying the file and not deleting the original file.

        • Schedule soon: An update on Red Hat Certification exam extensions

          In response to the pandemic, Red Hat Training and Certification has allowed people to cancel or reschedule any previously scheduled classes or exams. Individual exam eligibilities have been extended multiple times since last year, and we have extended the period for which all certifications are considered current.

        • IT jobs: 4 tricky situations facing job hunters now | The Enterprisers Project

          It is a job hunter’s dream market right now, with job openings hitting record highs month after month. The New York Times recently called this “the job market we’ve been waiting for.” That’s especially true for technology professionals, more in-demand than ever as organizations continue to double down on digital transformation and other technology-enabled business initiatives.

          But a red-hot job market comes with its own challenges for job seekers. Combined with the potential of personal uncertainty (“Am I unhappy in my role, or just burned out?”) and macro ambiguity (“Is remote work here to stay?), tech pros on the hunt for new roles are encountering some thorny issues.

      • Debian Family
        • SparkyLinux 2021.09 Released Based on Debian 12 “Bookworm”

          The SparkyLinux 2021.09 project develops a lightweight distribution based on Debian 12. The Sparky team has published a new update to the distribution’s semi-rolling branch which presents users with software from Debian’s development “Bookworm” branch.

          The project’s release announcement lists the following changes: “Sparky 2021.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out; it is based on Debian Testing ‘Bookworm’. Changes: repositories set to Debian ‘Bookworm’ and Sparky ‘Orion Belt’; all packages updated as of September 17, 2021; new backgrounds: desktop, login manager, Plymouth & boot screen, etc.; Linux kernel 5.10.46 (5.14.6 & 5.15-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos); GCC 10 still as default, but GCC 11 is also installed; no more Sparky Advanced Installed GUI, the Advanced installer works in text mode only now, the first window lets you choose the standard version of the installer or DEV version with disk encryption and LVM support; ‘sparky-upgrade’ text based tool is also preinstalled in CLI ISO; packages removed from ISO: mc, gparted; new package installed: lfm; Calamares 3.2.43.” People already running the semi-rolling branch of SparkyLinux do not need to re-install.

        • Debian Reunion Hamburg 2021, we still have free beds

          We still have some free slots and beds available for the “Debian Reunion Hamburg 2021″ taking place in Hamburg at the venue of the 2018 & 2019 MiniDebConfs from Monday, Sep 27 2021 until Friday Oct 1 2021, with Sunday, Sep 26 2021 as arrival day.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family
        • Ubuntu Linux 21.10 ‘Impish Indri’ official wallpapers now available for download

          The next new version of Ubuntu will be designated as 21.10. Why? Well, the versioning scheme of that Linux-based operating system uses a two digit year followed by a period and then a two digit month (yy.mm). With October being the 10th month, Ubuntu Linux 21.10 is merely weeks away.

          Besides knowing the version number of the next Ubuntu release, we also know the code-name — “Impish Indri.” We shared that detail with you back in April of this year. And now, the official artwork of Ubuntu Linux 21.10 “Impish Indri” becomes available for download.

          You can view the new artwork in wallpaper form at the top of this page — there are a total of four. As you can see, two of them feature a cartoon indri mascot (a type of lemur), one in grey and the other using the official Ubuntu colors. The other two wallpapers are essentially the same, but without the animal in the middle. The Ubuntu developers share proper download links here.

        • This Ubuntu Linux version of ‘Windows 11′ is available to install now

          Windowsfx is a Linux OS that borrows its look from various flavors of Microsoft’s operating system, including Windows 7 and Windows 10, and now it’s offering a version that looks just like Windows 11.

    • Devices/Embedded
      • 3U rack mount takes up to 12 NVIDIA Jetson Nano/Xavier NX boards – CNX Software

        Myelectronics.nl has launched a 19-inch 3U rack mount taking up to twelve NVIDIA Jetson Nano or Jetson Xavier NX boards building on its experience with rack mount for Raspberry Pi introduced last year.

        The new model also includes front removal mounting systems so that you can replace a Jetson board without having to completely remove the rack mount, and even without having to power off the remaining boards since the boards would have to be powered from the DC jack or (not recommended) the Micro USB port on the front panel. PoE is probably not an option, albeit available on the Nano board, due to mechanical constraints.

      • Open Hardware/Modding
        • Raspberry Pi IoT In C – The Linux GPIO Driver

          Until recently the standard way to work with GPIO in Linux was to use the sysfs interface and you will see a lot of articles advocating its use and you will encounter many programs making use of it. Sysfs was deprecated in Linux 4.8 at the end of 2016 and is due for removal from the kernel in 2020. Of course, it takes time for Linux distributions to make use of the latest kernels. At the time of writing Pi OS, formerly Raspbian, is using Linux 4.19 released two years earlier. Nevertheless, Sysfs gpio will soon be removed and while you still need to know about it to cope with legacy software, you shouldn’t use it for new projects. You can find out how it works in Appendix I.

          Its replacement is the GPIO character device and, while this looks superficially like the old sysfs interface, it has many major differences. Although it has some advantages, it also is slightly more complex and can no longer be used from the command line – it is a program-only interface. This said, there are some simple utility programs that are fairly standard and allow GPIO control from the command line. These are covered in the first part of the chapter, even though they are unlikely to be the main way that you work with the new interface. There is also a wrapper library called gpiod which isn’t necessary for simple access to the GPIO lines. If you want to know more see – Raspberry Pi IOT in C With Linux Drivers, ISBN:9781871962642

        • Drunk Wall Clock Uses Convoluted Circuits To Display Time | Hackaday

          Here at Hackaday we can never get enough of odd clocks, and we’re delighted to see [Dan O’Shea]’s creation called the Wifi-Telnet-FPGA-NTSC Drunk Wall Clock. That mouthful is an accurate description of what it does: at the heart of the device is an ESP32 that uses WiFi to connect to a Raspberry Pi. It then telnets into the system, logs in, and requests the current time using the Linux date command. So far, so ordinary.

        • Zom-B-Gone! is an artificial sunrise lamp to combat morning grumpiness | Arduino Blog

          Almost no one enjoys being suddenly awakened by a loud, blaring alarm clock, as the sudden rush of panic can contribute to grogginess and stress. To alleviate this problem, Norwegian makers Applied Procrastination wanted to created a lamp that simulates a sunrise to give users a calmer, more natural waking up experience. They came up with a design utilizing an old LCD panel that has had its internals replaced by a string of LED lights to give a pleasant and diffused glow when activated, which they call the “Zom-B-Gone!”

        • Self Balancing Robot Needs A Little Work | Hackaday

          A self-balancing robot isn’t a new idea, but we liked the aesthetics of [Maker ATOM’s] build. The use of a breadboard and a printed bracket looks good, as you can see in the video, below.

          Like most first-time projects, though, there were some lessons learned. The power supply needs a little work and the range of balance compliance didn’t meet expectations. But those problems are soluble and, as usual, you often learn more from working through issues like these.

          The heart of the system is an MPU6050 which provides a gyroscope and accelerometer along with fusion capability onboard. The availability of libraries for the sensor and the PID controller makes the project pretty simple to finish.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications
        • Cross Compile to PinePhone Part Two

          So on part one, we managed to compile kalk with emulator, and generated ArchLinux package to install on our PinePhone. However, emulator is slow, and compiling with emulator isn’t cross compile. Today, we’ll be using real cross compiler to build kalk package.

          To be able to cross compile, we need cross compiler and target platform’s libraries. On ArchLinux, there is aarch64-linux-gnu-gcc. But it’s sysroot option is bugged so we won’t use the cross compiler from pacman this time. Instead, we’ll grab the toolchain from ArchLinux arm. The link is here. Since PinePhone is armv8, download the armv8 pre-built crosstool-ng toolchain. To keep everything nice and tidy, we store the toolchain in dedicated directory. I’m using ~/Develop/CrossCompile.

        • Sailfish OS 4.2.0 “Verla” improves the sharing of content

          The newly written function for sharing content with Sailfish OS is the most obvious change in the new version 4.2.0, whose nickname Site Verla stands for a Unesco World Heritage and refers to the history of the paper industry in Finland.

          Easier sharing

          Previously, the interface for sharing content could be found in the respective apps themselves, but it has been revised for Sailfish OS 4.2.0 and now offers a system pop-up for selecting the sharing method. In this way, many authorizations in the applications could be reduced and the apps made more secure. If it was previously not possible for providers of third-party apps to use the sharing functionality via the new API, this will be possible in the future .

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software
      • Web Browsers
        • Try this Linux web browser dedicated solely to web applications

          When I’m on the go, I need everything to work as efficiently as possible. And although you might be thinking, “But a web browser is as efficient as it gets, right?” That depends on what task you’re doing and what site you’re working with.

          This is especially so in the modern age of web applications and with constantly on-the-move staff. Instead of always having a full-blown, kitchen-sink-type web browser, sometimes we need something a bit more stripped-down, a tool that is geared toward one thing and one thing only—web applications.

        • Mozilla
          • Ubuntu 21.10 makes Firefox as a Snap

            Actually, Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri”, the release of which is scheduled for October 14th, is already in the Feature Freeze. Last week, however, an application was received for an exception that provides for the standard installation of Firefox in consultation with Mozilla in Snap format, as is already the case with Google’s Chromium browser.

            The measure, which has now been approved, should offer enough time to correct errors until Firefox as a snap becomes the standard for the desktop images of the next LTS version of Ubuntu in spring 2022. The snap package is to be created for the architectures amd64, armhf and arm64 . It is to be maintained by Mozilla and Canonical’s desktop team and published by Mozilla.

            The measure affects users who install Ubuntu 21.10 or update to this version. This does not (yet) affect the other versions of Ubuntu with desktop environments that differ from GNOME. Linux Mint users should also be spared the change, as the Mint developers had already introduced the not Chromium snap . As can be seen in the corresponding blog entry on Ubuntu, the idea for Firefox as a snap came from Mozilla, which see the following advantages…

          • Did you hear about Apple’s security vulnerability? Here’s how to find and remove spyware.

            Spyware has been in the news recently with stories like the Apple security vulnerability that allowed devices to be infected without the owner knowing it, and a former editor of The New York Observer being charged with a felony for unlawfully spying on his spouse with spyware. Spyware is a sub-category of malware that’s aimed at surveilling the behavior of human target(s) using a given device where the spyware is running. This surveillance could include but is not limited to logging keystrokes, capturing what websites you are visiting, looking at your locally stored files/passwords, and capturing audio or video within proximity to the device.

          • bugbug infrastructure: continuous integration, multi-stage deployments, training and production services | Marco Castelluccio

            bugbug started as a project to automatically assign a type to bugs (defect vs enhancement vs task, back when we introduced the “type” we needed a way to fill it for already existing bugs), and then evolved to be a platform to build ML models on bug reports: we now have many models, some of which are being used on Bugzilla, e.g. to assign a type, to assign a component, to close bugs detected as spam, to detect “regression” bugs, and so on.

            Then, it evolved to be a platform to build ML models for generic software engineering purposes: we now no longer only have models that operate on bug reports, but also on test data, patches/commits (e.g. to choose which tests to run for a given patch and to evaluate the regression riskiness associated to a patch), and so on.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra
        • LibreOffice 2021 Schedule Mobile App

          The LibreOffice 2021 Schedule Mobile App is immediately available on Google Play and F-Droid. From the F-Droid page is also possible to download the APK, although by installing that way you will not receive update notifications.

          The mobile app, for Android smartphones and tablets, shows the conference schedule: by swiping right and left, the user can switch between the three rooms, while a drop down menu allows to chose one of the three days. By tapping on each of the talks, it is possible to star it to create a personal conference schedule, and to set an alarm to avoid losing the important presentations. Changes to the schedule will be immediately reflected on the mobile app, although it is always possible to force a refresh, and to show the latest changes.

      • CMS
      • FSFE
        • Interviews for the German federal election 2021

          The 2021 federal election in Germany (26.09.2021) is just around the corner. Digital sovereignty, through the use of Free Software, is at the centre of our exchange with the political parties, which we have also conducted via our organisations’ election questions to the parties. We are pleased that, in a further step, we were able to talk personally with candidates from all parties with a chance of participating in the next government and ask them in more depth what they and their party would like to do to advance digitisation in Germany with Free software.

      • Programming/Development
        • C++ Vector of Pointers Examples

          An ordinary vector encountered in C++ programming, is a vector of objects of the same type. These objects can be fundamental objects or objects instantiated from a class. This article illustrates examples of vector of pointers, to same object type. To use a C++ vector, the program has to include the vector library, with a directive.

          All the vector code for this article is in the main() function, unless otherwise indicated. Vector of pointers to different types, is however, addressed at the end of the article. In order to appreciate vector-of-pointers, it is good to recall the knowledge for vector of objects.

        • What Is C++ Stringstream, and How to Use It?

          A string object instantiated from the string class is a list data structure. The list is a series of characters, and it is appreciated as such. The C++ string object has many methods. However, it lacks certain operations, which are best offered if it is seen as a stream.

        • 5 Best Linux Coding Editors [Ed: Too many Microsoft suggestions (40% of these), including proprietary software with Microsoft surveillance]

          Once you learn how to code, you can start building great applications that solve a problem or join businesses and companies looking for those with stellar coding skills. An important tool you will need is a code editor. Code editors come with various features that make it easy to code, create great applications, debug code, deploy code and so much more. Today, we are going to focus on five of the best code editors for Linux users. Keeping with the theme of Linux, the code editors below are free, open-source, or both.

        • Josef Strzibny: Ruby for ebook publishing

          A lot of times, people ask what’s Ruby good for apart from Rails. Ruby is great for various tasks from several different domains, and today, I would like to share how anybody can use Ruby in publishing ebooks.

          Since I used some Ruby tasks in publishing my first-ever ebook Deployment from Scratch, it crossed my mind to write down why I think Ruby is great for publishing ebooks.

        • Qt World Summit 2021 – registration now open!

          Join online as the community meets on November 3. Qt World Summit gathers together more than 5 000 developers, designers, managers and executives from over 90 countries around the world.

        • Perl/Raku
          • Rakudo Weekly News: 2021.38 Questions, Ideas, Feedback

            Daniel Sockwell had a very busy week, asking all sorts of questions (1) (2), looking to improve the documentation on list assignments and soliciting feedback about that. And Daniel also published a blog post about the concept of labelling your code, in which they posit that “Comments are prose; labels are identifiers” (which resulted in quite a discussion on /r/rakulang). Thought provoking stuff!

        • Rust
          • Rust Lands Support For The Motorola 68000 Processors

            With the m68k community continuing to be active around supporting the vintage Motorola 68000 series with modern open-source software, Rust has now merged support for these old processors.

            With the forthcoming LLVM/Clang 13 release adding an M68k back-end, Rust that leverages LLVM is now adding support for the Motorola 68000 series processors.

        • Java
          • Quarkus for Spring developers: Getting started | Red Hat Developer

            Want to learn more about developing applications with Quarkus? Download our free ebook Quarkus for Spring Developers, which helps Java developers familiar with Spring make a quick and easy transition.

            The tools available in the Spring ecosystem make it easy to get started with building applications. However, the same is true for Quarkus, which has many additional features and capabilities aimed at improving the developer experience. A Spring developer can quickly get started working with a Quarkus project and immediately become more productive, as we’ll see in this article. Plug-ins and tooling are available for most major IDEs, including VSCode, IntelliJ, and Eclipse.

  • Leftovers
    • Early Selfies

      Part of “slow” is transcribing the text from the slide windows; my dad’s handwriting is not always easy to decipher. It’s a good thing this picture was labeled (as “the project”, no less) and dated, so I know it’s the earliest photo of me.

    • Teaching by filling in knowledge gaps

      I asked on twitter what people feel was easier to learn 15 years ago. One example a lot of people mentioned was the command line.

      I was initially a bit surprised by this, but when I thought about it makes sense – if you were a web developer 15 years ago, it’s more likely that you’d be asked to set up a Linux server. That means installing packages, editing config files, and all kinds of things that would get you fluent at the command line. But today a lot of that is abstracted away and not as big a part of people’s jobs. For example if your site is running on Heroku, you barely have to know that there’s a server there at all.

      I think this applies to a lot more things than the command line – networking is more abstracted away than it used to be too! In a lot of web frameworks, you just set up some routes and functions to handle those routes, and you’re done!

      Abstractions are great, but they’re also leaky, and to do great work you sometimes need to learn about what lives underneath the abstraction.

    • Health/Nutrition
      • Andy Simpkins: COVID-19

        Nearly 4 weeks after contracting COVID-19 I am finally able to return to work…

        Yes I have had both Jabs (my 2nd dose was back in June), and this knocked me for six. I spent most of the time in bed, and only started to get up and about 10 days ago.

        I passed this on to both my wife and daughter (my wife has also been double jabbed), fortunately they didn’t get it as bad as me and have been back at work / school for the last week. I also passed it on to a friend at the UK Debian BBQ, hosted once again by Sledge and Randombird, before I started showing symptoms. Fortunately (after a lot of PCR tests for attendees) it doesn’t look like I passed it to anyone else

        I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

        [...]

        Even after vaccination, it is still possible to both catch and spread this virus. Fortunately having been vaccinated my resulting illness was (statistically) less bad than it would otherwise have been.

    • Integrity/Availability
      • Proprietary
        • Pseudo-Open Source
          • Openwashing
          • Privatisation/Privateering
            • Linux Foundation
              • Welcome to LPC 2021 — Registration Closed
              • Linux Foundation survey shows companies desperate to hire open-source talent

                At the Open Source Summit in Seattle, The Linux Foundation, and edX, the leading massive open online course (MOOC) provider released the 2021 Open Source Jobs Report. In this survey of 200 technical hiring managers and 750 open-source pros, the organizations found more demand for top open-source workers than ever. On top of that, 92% of managers are having trouble finding enough talent and many of them are also having fits holding on to their existing senior open-source staffers.

        • Security
          • Kali Linux 2021.3 released with new tools

            Kali Linux version 2021.3 has been released with new tools, though its makers explain that some features which make it good for penetration testing also make it bad for general use.

            The specialist Linux distribution, based on Debian, is designed for security professionals (and also handy for administrators confronted by problems such as a standalone Windows PC and a user with a lost password). It is sponsored by a US company called Offensive Security, who do information security training and penetration testing.

          • 6 Best Ways to Improve Linux Security

            The Linux OS has historically been regarded as more secure than Windows or macOS thanks to how it handles user permissions and because it’s open-source software. One of the other big reasons for that faith in Linux’s security was the fact that it isn’t as popular among users worldwide. With Windows being the leader in terms of user adoption.

            While experts still agree that Linux is a secure OS, some very valid concerns have started popping up in recent years. For one, Linux has seen a boost in popularity as of late, paired with an increase in interest from cybercriminals. But more than that, despite its secure design, Linux is vulnerable to attack.

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation
            • Windows admins running Linux warned of threat [Ed: Nonsensical FUD of the typical kind. It's a Windows issue.]

              The warning comes from researchers at Lumen, who say at least one threat actor is trying to leverage a capability in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to squirm into an IT environment. WSL runs a Linux environment within Windows, allowing the use of Linux command-line tools without the overhead of a virtual machine. Among those who take advantage of it are application developers, who use it as a convenient method for pulling in open-source software.

    • Censorship/Free Speech
      • Google and Apple, Under Pressure From Russia, Remove Voting App

        Apple and Google removed an app meant to coordinate protest voting in this weekend’s Russian elections from the country on Friday, a blow to the opponents of President Vladimir V. Putin and a display of Silicon Valley’s limits when it comes to resisting crackdowns on dissent around the world.

        The decisions came after Russian authorities, who claim the app is illegal, threatened to prosecute local employees of Apple and Google — a sharp escalation in the Kremlin’s campaign to rein in the country’s largely uncensored internet. A person familiar with Google’s decision said the authorities had named specific individuals who would face prosecution, prompting it to remove the app.

        The person declined to be identified for fear of angering the Russian government. Google has more than 100 employees in the country.

        Apple did not respond to phone calls, emails or text messages seeking comment.

      • Critics warn of Apple, Google ‘chokepoint’ repression

        The global dominance of tech giants serves as a convenient online chokepoint for authoritarian governments to crack down on dissent or rig elections, critics of Apple and Google said Friday.

        The companies were facing international outrage after pulling a Russian opposition voting app off their online marketplaces in response to authorities’ escalating pressure, including arrest threats.

        Google and Apple, whose operating systems run on 99 percent of the world’s smartphones, have a stranglehold on the markets for the applications that allow users to do everything from watch movies to hail a ride.

      • Apple and Google are showing Putin just how much he can get away with

        This weekend, Russia goes to the polls. Yet voters who hope to register their resistance to the ruling party, amid its efforts to restrict who can appear on the ballot, have been deprived of a crucial tool — because Apple and Google gave in to the bullies.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality
      • This Is Why the Taliban Keeps F*cking Up Afghanistan’s Internet

        Now that the Taliban are back in control, a series of reported internet outages in Afghanistan is fueling fears among Afghan residents that the group is already using their newfound power to isolate protesters, quash dissent, and exert their influence across the country.

        In Panjshir—where resistance leader Ahmad Massoud and Afghanistan’s former vice president are working to resist the Taliban’s resurgence—the Taliban have already forced a communications and internet blackout, according to data from Access Now, a digital rights organization.

        “According to our data… the Taliban has cut off the internet, along with phone connections and all other forms of communication, in the province of Panjshir,” Felicia Anthonio, a campaigner for Access Now, which has been monitoring internet connectivity in Afghanistan, told The Daily Beast. “We believe this is in order to curtail resistance in this area, the only area that is still holding out against their takeover.”

      • TRAI’s final roadmap for connectivity and broadband access is a mixed bag #AccessToInternet

        After multiple rounds of consultation, the TRAI released its final recommendations on the Roadmap to promote broadband connectivity and enhanced broadband speed. Some of the recommendations we had made during the consultations were reflected in the final report, albeit with certain modifications.

    • Monopolies
      • Patents
        • Pinsent Masons hires former Freshfields counsel as London partner [Ed: JUVE‘s patent litigation spam; we’re meant to think that one person moving from one company to another is important news]

          Pinsent Masons has expanded its IP practice in London through the addition of Gina Bicknell (45) to its partnership. Bicknell joins from a previous role as counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She brings 20 years of experience in life sciences in the patent and IP field, with a special focus on transactions.

        • Have your say on patent office service and quality [Ed: Charlatans and frauds from IAM already prepare the next round of propaganda for EPO [1, 2]]

          The IAM Patent Office Benchmarking Survey 2021 will provide insights on the prosecution landscape at a time when many organisations are re-thinking their patent management strategies

        • MaxVal and RWS Partner to Provide Streamlined Delivery of International Filing and Translation Services

          RWS, the world’s leading provider of technology-enabled language, content management, and intellectual property services, is expanding their distribution by making their services available to customers, through Symphony, in a one-stop-shop delivery model. The combination of RWS’s services, provided through Symphony, will allow IP practitioners to more easily request translations, EP validation, and PCT/national filings, all within the one system that they use to manage their patent portfolio and IP lifecycle.

        • Levelling the playing field in ITC patent cases by identifying redesigns to a set deadline [Ed: Only patent extremists such as these (litigation giants and their overzealous mouthpiece, IAM) would promote 1) embargo and 2) design patents]

          Respondents are leaving it later and later to disclose potential design arounds that may allow them to circumvent findings of patent infringement at the ITC, write Michael Renaud, Adam Rizk, and Matthew Karambelas of Mintz Levin. But all is not lost for complainants

        • Exclusive: Senator Leahy plans to introduce new PTAB bill soon

          Several sources confirmed to Managing IP that they’d spoken to Patrick Leahy’s office to provide input on new legislation, which could come out this week

        • Unitary Patent projected to come into effect in mid-2022 [Ed: Yet another Team UPC litigation firm joins the for-for fake news and propaganda war, lying about the UPC for self-serving purposes]

          Earlier this year, the German Federal Constitutional Court rejected two applications for a preliminary injunction against the German Act of Approval to the UPCA.

          This cleared the way for Germany to ratify the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the UPCA, which provides for the institutional, organisational and financial sections of the UPCA to enter into force before the agreement becomes effective in its entirety. As the German Federal President signed the ratification bill on 7 August 2021 and it was promulgated on 12 August 2021, this ratification is expected to take place imminently.

Richard Stallman’s Talk in Ukraine Two Days Ago (in Person)

Monday 20th of September 2021 09:07:52 PM

Richard Stallman explains his stance on Invidious (released under the AGPLv3) in his new (in-person) talk:

Video download link

http://techrights.org/videos/Richard_Stallman_Free_Software_and_the_GNU_General_Public_License-VpCfN5NSIcQ-excerpt.webm

The part preceding the new (in-person) talk:

Video download link

http://techrights.org/videos/TEDxGE2014_Stallman05_LQ.webm

The full talk (from Saturday), streamed over Invidious:

Microsoft and the EPO: A History of Threats and Suppression Against the Free Press

Monday 20th of September 2021 02:41:22 PM

Video download link | md5sum 34375ac0e1a14e8e260e346f3b8a0b91

http://techrights.org/videos/epo-slapp-pattern.webm

Summary: Bribed and blackmailed media isn’t covering EPOnia‘s corruption anymore; somebody should, but that’s not as easy as it may seem on the surface (not even for a distant outsider)

THE direction the Web has taken, combined with social control media (at the expense of actual news sites and RSS feeds), is disconcerting. It’s good for censors. They get more control over what people can and cannot see, owing largely to centralisation and information conglomerates (media consolidation online). How many people heard anything about Wikileaks publications since the arrest of Julian Assange?

“They’re acting like gangsters and they do not tolerate criticism from anybody.”As noted and shown in the video above, the latest publication from Wikileaks (“The Intolerance Network”) has receive virtually no media coverage although it contained 17,000 documents. As we recently noted, both Google (YouTube) and Twitter certainly suppress particular voices/viewpoints and we only see this getting worse over time, as money buys messaging.

The video focuses on our EPO publications; both Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos are blocking this Web site. France is notorious for its policy of overzealous net censorship and these two Frenchmae are consistent with the stance of Battistelli’s handler, Sarkozy, who is now sentenced to prison along with Battistelli's bodyboard. They’ve used intimidation tactics against mere blogs, not only us. They’re acting like gangsters and they do not tolerate criticism from anybody. Those who dare dissent a little quickly self-censor.

As the lighting conditions serve to indicate, this was recorded around midday, but due to the length this monologue about SLAPP takes a long time to process. It’s all automated, but it takes a lot of processing power. It’s so long that can take about 3-5 hours to re-encode and upload (even if parallelised), but I had a lot to say and it needs to be on the public record (the last 15 minutes in particular; those are more personal anecdotes).

“Sarkozy and his family have been vacationing at a lakefront estate in Wolfeboro owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive Michael Appe.”

–MSNBC, 2007

[Meme] The B4 Summit: Baltic Benoît Battistelli in Belarus

Monday 20th of September 2021 02:01:29 PM

He even gets to choose his own successor

Summary: It should not be surprising that when Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos get to 'fix' their own election by the EPO‘s Administrative Council that very same Administrative Council will later rubber-stamp virtually every proposal of theirs, even unlawful proposals

Links 20/9/2021: Telegram Desktop 3.1, Arcan as Operating System Design

Monday 20th of September 2021 01:31:01 PM

Contents
  • GNU/Linux
    • Desktop/Laptop
      • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: September 19th, 2021

        This week was all about bug fixing and testing upcoming releases. LibreOffice 7.2 and Darktable 3.6 got their first bugfix release, and GIMP 2.10.28 and Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS also arrived as minor bugfix releases. On the other hand, we were able to take the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-19 and KDE Plasma 5.23 releases for a test drive.

        On top of that, Kali Linux SparkyLinux distros got new ISO releases with some cool new features and other interesting changes, and the GNOME Subtitles app received a major update after a couple of years of silence. You can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for September 19th, 2021.

      • Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Become Anonymous – Part 18

        This is a series that offers a gentle introduction to Linux for newcomers.

        It’s just about impossible to stay totally anonymous online. Online privacy, also known as internet privacy or digital privacy, refers to how much of your personal, financial and browsing information remains private when you’re online. Staying safe online can help protect you and your loved ones’ identity and personal information from risks like theft.

        You should value data privacy online in the same way as the real world.

        It’s important to remember that downloading apps using a company’s “free” email service (such as Gmail) or social networks like Facebook grabs information about you. Even visiting a website means you’re sharing data about yourself. And, as some people in your life know you better than others, online privacy exists on a spectrum: some online entities gather and store more information about you than other platforms.

    • Applications
      • Telegram Desktop 3.1 Introduces Interactive Emoji, Live Stream Recording, and More

        Telegram Desktop 3.1 is here with some pretty cool new features, such as the ability to record live streams and video chats in a group or channel with options to record video and audio or only audio, which will be saved in your admin’s Saved Messages panel, as well as support for read receipts in small groups with the option to view which group members have read it by selecting a message and right clicking on it.

        And, to make your Telegram sessions more enjoyable and fun, the Telegram Desktop 3.1 update brings 8 new themes for private chats with day and night versions, beautifully animated backgrounds, gradient message bubbles, and unique background patterns, but this can only be enabled from a mobile device if you want to enjoy it on your desktop too, and 6 new interactive emoji.

    • Instructionals/Technical
      • How to upgrade openSUSE Leap from 15.1 or 15.2 to 15.3 – Unixcop

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to upgrade from lower openSUSE like 15.0 or 15.0 to 15.3.

        In my case, I’m using openSUSE LEAP 15.1, before starting the upgrade, we strongly advise backing your actual Data in case you are using this release in production environments.

      • How to install Asterisk 18 on CentOS 8 – Unixcop

        Asterisk is a free to use, opensource and powerful communication system that is why it is used IP PBX systems, VoIP gateways, conference servers used in SMBs, enterprises, call centers, carriers and government institutions around the globe. Installing Asterisk Server is the first step towards implementation of an affordable, reliable and highly available PBX and VoIP systems because it is an open source platform so user may use it as per their requirement. In today’s guide we will be covering the installation and configuration of Asterisk 18 LTS on CentOS 8 because Asterisk 18 recently released for production use and is available for download. If you’re using earlier releases of Asterisk then it is the right time to plan for upgrade.

      • How to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 34 – LinuxCapable

        or, also known as The Onion Router, is open-source, free software that enables anonymous communication when using online services such as web surfing. The Tor network directs the Internet traffic through a free worldwide volunteer overlay network with over six thousand relays and continues to grow. Many users want to find more ways to keep their information and activities anonymous or at least as private as possible, which has led to Tor Browser growing quite popular in recent years as it conceals a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

        The Tor network is intended to protect the personal privacy of users and their freedom and ability from conducting communication without having their activities monitored, and data were taken without their consent and used to sum it up.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest Tor Browser on Fedora 34.

      • How to configure Samba Server with Debian 11 – Unixcop

        Today we will learn How to configure Samba Server with Debian 11. Communication is the key point of having a server. But, what if resources are not able to communicate with each other? Yes, this could happen when you are having both Linux and Windows. Sharing resources b/w Linux and windows can be difficult. Samba is the solution for the challenge. The Samba server facilitates sharing resources in a hybrid environment.

      • How to Install Handbrake (open-source video transcoder) on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

        Handbrake is a free and open-source video converter. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It supports the most modern codec. You can use it to process the most common multimedia files, DVD or Blu Ray sources that are not copyrighted.

      • How to Compile Redis source code on Ubuntu 20.04

        This is an alternate method and Redis recommends it as it makes sure you get the latest stable version. Sometimes, the version provided by the distro’s repository may be outdated.

        So you have to download the Redis source code and compile it. Make sure GCC compiler and libc is installed on your system.

      • How to Install Wine on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Wine is an open-source compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on Unix-like operating systems like Linux, FreeBSD, and macOS. It is an interface that translates Windows system calls into equivalent POSIX calls used by Linux and other Unix-based operating systems.

        For Linux users, Wine is a savior when running Windows-based applications on UNIX systems. However, not all Windows applications will run in Wine and may have strange crashes or bugs. The Wine AppDB is a database containing a list of applications that have been tested and confirmed to work under Wine.

      • Monitoring for process completion in 2021 – Ariadne’s Space

        A historical defect in the ifupdown suite has been the lack of proper supervision of processes run by the system in order to bring up and down interfaces. Specifically, it is possible in historical ifupdown for a process to hang forever, at which point the system will fail to finish configuring interfaces. As interface configuration is part of the boot process, this means that the boot process can potentially hang forever and fail to complete. Accordingly, we have introduced correct supervision of processes run by ifupdown-ng in the upcoming version 0.12, with a 5 minute timeout.

        Because ifupdown-ng is intended to be portable, we had to implement two versions of the process completion monitoring routine. The portable version is a busy loop, which sleeps for 50 milliseconds between iteration, and the non-portable version uses Linux processor descriptors, a feature introduced in Linux 5.3. For earlier versions, ifupdown-ng will downgrade to using the portable implementation. There are also a couple of other ways that one can monitor for process completion using notifications, but they were not appropriate for the ifupdown-ng design.

      • How to Merge Multiple PDF Files into One PDF in Linux

        PDF or Portable Document Format files have more to offer to its users apart from the obvious advantages of being easily printable and shareable over a network.

      • How to install, configure and use Nessus Vulnerability Scanner on CentOS 8

        Nessus is one of the most popular remote vulnerability assessments trusted by more than 30,000 organizations worldwide. Nessus scans the system and raises an alert if it discovers any vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could use to gain access.

        Nessus does not actively prevent attacks, It will check security loopholes present in infrastructure. It provides detailed system security reports which will be very helpful for fixing any vulnerabilities and make the server more secure.

        Nessus is available in many different versions, In this tutorial, we will install the free version of Nessus knows as Nessus Essentials which can scan 16 IPS.

        Nessus is a cross-platform vulnerability scanner and supports many OS, but in this article, we will show you how to install Nessue Essentials on Centos 8.

      • How to Install Let’s Encrypt SSL for NGINX on Rocky Linux 8

        Security is one of the top-of-mind concerns for website owners, more especially, if you are running an eCommerce store or a site that accepts users’ confidential information such as usernames and passwords. The plain HTTP protocol is insecure as data is sent in plain text and hackers can eavesdrop on the communication sent to and from the web server.

        To overcome this risk, it’s recommended to secure a web server using a TLS/SSL certificate. This is a cryptographic digital certificate that encrypts your web server and ensures data exchanged with the webserver is encrypted.

        Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate is a digital certificate provided by Let’s Encrypt CA ( Certificate Authority) to secure a web server. It’s a free TLS/SSL certificate that is valid for only 90 days, whereupon renewal is required before expiry. It’s beneficial for startups or individuals who cannot afford a premium SSL certificate for their blogs or websites.

        In this guide, we will demonstrate how you can install the Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS certificate for NGINX on Rocky Linux 8

      • Watch Logs in Real Time in Linux With Tail, Less & Multitail

        You know how to view files in Linux. You use cat command or probably less command for this purpose.

        That’s good for files that has static content. But log files are dynamic and their content change with time. To monitor logs, you need to watch the log file as its content changes.

        How do you see the content of log files in real time? Tail is the most popular command for this purpose but there are some other tools as well. I’ll show them to you in this tutorial.

      • [Old] How to Use Unison to Synchronize Files Between Servers

        This tutorial will show you how to set up and use the Unison File synchronization tool on Debian systems. Using Unison, you can sync files between two different disks or directories in the same system or two other systems over the network.

      • [Old] Command Line – unison

        Although unison has been around for years, chances are you have never heard of unison. For one thing, rsync and ssh tend to be the default commands for file syncing. For another, unison’s documentation is maddeningly incomplete. In the absence of man or info files or usage instructions from the creators, the existing help focuses on building a command to use at the prompt – and, considering that unison has 88 options, that is not a very attractive option, even without a command history, especially if you have several sets of files with which you regularly work. So far as I can see, the only distribution that mentions how to simplify the use of unison with preference files is Arch Linux, and even it is incomplete – as is the original documentation that Arch references. Yet once preference files are created, the number of on-the-fly options is greatly reduced, and unison becomes a handy tool for file syncing, backups, and even merging files.

    • Games
      • The Jackbox Party Pack 8 arrives on October 18 | GamingOnLinux

        It’s back again with some new games to make you laugh at your friends through. The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is set to release on October 18 along with continued Linux support.

      • As Steam Deck ships to devs, Valve plans NEW console! – Invidious

        New DOTA2 leaks show that Valve are working on TWO NEW CONSOLES.

      • Laser Chess game Deflection is out now providing a fun new strategy game | GamingOnLinux

        Take down the enemy King with a great big laser, that’s the aim of the game in Deflection. It’s basically the original Laser Chess updated for modern platforms by Coreffect Interactive.

        A simple idea with you moving mirrors around that can bounce the laser, while also having different sides that are vulnerable to the enemy laser. Positioning and thinking ahead are the key to victory here and Coreffect Interactive have clearly put a lot of thought into it. It’s another case of a game that’s real easy to get into and understand, however becoming good at it is a whole different thing. It’s more than that though as there’s a few different pieces you get to use like portals to move the laser around and a disrupter to weaken pieces close to it too.

      • Free and open source flight sim FlightGear is working on VR support | GamingOnLinux

        It’s currently at a stage where they consider it highly experimental, more of a proof-of-concept but if they get it all hooked up properly it could help aid other developers too since it’s FOSS.

      • Open source dungeon builder KeeperRL adds a Dwarves faction in the latest big release | GamingOnLinux

        KeeperRL continues expanding as a mix of dungeon building, adventuring and RPG mechanics all blended together and now there’s a playable Dwarves faction.

        Over 7 years of development has gone into this game so far and it just keeps getting better. Alpha 33 adds in not just a whole new faction but it also overhauls some existing systems. Some of what’s new includes a special storage system with custom storage furniture for various equipment types, a new fog effect, new z-level enemies with progressing difficulty, crossbows got added, a reworked flanking/parry mechanic with visual indicators and hints, combat experience is now based on the number of unique kills, a new ‘swamp’ biome for some villains that was officially added from a mod, fast travel between z-levels in the turned-based mode and so much more. There’s even a new intro.

      • Call of Saregnar is a nod to 90s party-based RPGs and it’s on the way to Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Do you miss earlier party-based RPGs? Call of Saregnar is an in development title from Damjan Mozetič inspired by the likes of Betrayal at Krondor, TES: Daggerfall and Realms of Arkania.

        The developer explains that it’s a game of exploration and investigation with an emphasis on story and characters, and that it “proudly ditches the cliches of the RPG genre and expects you to think”. What makes it real interesting is that it blends together a low-poly 3D style with the characters made from shots of real-life actors.

        [...]

        On the status of Linux support, the developer made it clear on Twitter that it’s already hooked up.

    • Distributions
      • Arcan as Operating System Design

        Time to continue to explain what Arcan actually “is” on a higher level. Previous articles have invited the comparison to Xorg ( part1, part2 ). Another possibility would have been Plan9, but Xorg was also a better fit also for the next (and last) article in this series.

        To start with a grand statement:

        Arcan is a single-user, user-facing, networked overlay operating system.

        With “single-user, user-facing” I mean that you are the core concern; it is about providing you with controls. There is no compromise made to “serve” a large number of concurrent users, to route and filter the most traffic, or to store and access data the fastest anywhere on earth.

        With “overlay operating system” I mean that it is built from user-facing components. Arcan takes whatever you have access to and expands from there. It is not hinged on the life and death of neither the Linux kernel, the BSD ones or any other for that matter. Instead it is a vagabond that will move to whatever ecosystem you can develop and run programs on, even if that means being walled inside an app store somewhere.

      • Reviews
        • A low-key good experience for Thor-oughly new penguins: Elementary OS 6, aka Odin

          Elementary OS is one of my favourite distros to review because it always brings interesting new ideas to the Linux desktop. It’s a very opinionated distro and not for everyone, but so long as the elementary vision aligns with your own, I think it’s one of the nicest, most polished distros around.

          The key is aligning visions. If you like to endlessly tweak and customize your desktop experience, this is not the distro for you. Technically there is a “tweak” tool, similar to Gnome Tweaks, which allows you to do things like add a minimise button to elementary OS’s windows and make other changes. That’s helpful if there’s just one or two things that are stopping you from loving elementary OS, but it’s not going to make customising everything viable.

          If, on the other hand, you just want a clean, attractive desktop that you don’t have to fiddle with, offers most of the basic applications you need out of the box, and can be a set-it-and-forget it system, elementary OS Odin is an excellent choice.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora
        • 5 DevSecOps myths, explained

          New ways of doing things tend to beget new myths and misunderstandings about those emerging methods. A common example: As newer work processes and cultures get popularized, people commonly begin to tout a single correct way to implement them.

          In all likelihood, though, there’s more than one “right” way to do it – and that’s true for DevSecOps, as it was with DevOps before it.

          Demystifying DevSecOps, then, is actually a meaningful (if not wholly necessary in some organizations) step toward a successful implementation. That’s because DevSecOps, like DevOps, is as much a matter of people and culture as anything else.

          As Red Hat associate principal solutions architect Mike Calizo wrote over at opensource.com, “DevSecOps encourages security practitioners to adapt and change their old existing security processes and procedures. This may sound easy, but changing processes, behavior, and culture is always difficult, especially in large environments.”

        • Red Hat’s Upstream Contributions Are Making For A Great Fedora Workstation 35 – Phoronix

          Fedora Workstation 35 will hopefully be out at the end of October (currently the beta is running behind schedule) and when it does ship it’s once again at the bleeding-edge of Linux features. Fedora Workstation 35 is shaping up to be another great release for those interested in a feature-rich desktop experience.

          Fedora Workstation 35 test builds have been working out great on the few systems I’ve tried so far in the lab. More Fedora Workstation 35 testing and benchmarks will be coming up in the weeks ahead. In anticipation of the upcoming Fedora 35 Beta, Red Hat’s Christian Schaller once again published a new blog post outlining some of the big changes on the Fedora Workstation side for this six-month update.

        • Rajeesh K Nambiar: A new set of OpenType shaping rules for Malayalam script

          TLDR; research and development of a completely new OpenType layout rules for Malayalam traditional orthography.

          Writing OpenType shaping rules is hard. Writing OpenType shaping rules for advanced (complex) scripts is harder. Writing OpenType shaping rules without causing any undesired ligature formations is even harder.

        • The NeuroFedora Blog: Next Open NeuroFedora meeting: 13 September 1300 UTC
        • Next Open NeuroFedora meeting: 27 September 1300 UTC
    • Devices/Embedded
    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software
      • Programming/Development
        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh
          • Oil Has Multi-line Commands and String Literals

            In June’s post Recent Progress on the Oil Language, I wrote that Oil has Python-like multi-line string literals, but enhanced like the Julia language.

            Here are examples from the Oil Language Tour.

    • Standards/Consortia
      • Nokia has recommenced participation in the O-RAN Alliance

        The O-RAN Alliance said it became aware of concerns regarding some participants that may be subject to U.S. export regulations, and has been working with O-RAN participants to address these concerns. The O-RAN Board has approved changes to O-RAN participation documents and procedures. While it is up to each O-RAN participant to make their own evaluation of these changes, O-RAN is optimistic that the changes will address the concerns and facilitate O-RAN’s mission, the Alliance said.

      • Nokia and O-RAN: an unwavering commitment

        Nokia has long been a believer in – and champion of – open and interoperable technologies. We believe that Open RAN technology has the potential to enrich the mobile ecosystem with new solutions and business models, and an expanded multi-vendor ecosystem. This is what customers and consumers want – and it is something we are committed to seeing through.

  • Leftovers
    • Hitchcock’s Sabotage: Film as Terrorism

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    • Tesla and the Anthropocene

      Anyway, that 25K price tag got me thinking. When I can afford a Tesla, should I get one? First, I’m taking a due diligence drive. May I show you the sights?

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    • As a Korean American Professor, Here Is What I Think “The Chair” Gets Right
    • Bad Boy Bobby: Herald Sun Discovers Concept Of ‘Heritage Value’ In Precisely The Way You Might Expect

      It’s one of the perplexing things about right-wingers. They hate change, but they love knocking old shit over to make way for newer shit. Hence the confusion over a story that cropped up in the Herald Sun overnight railing against developers in Melbourne.

    • Education
      • Terrorists Use Children In Burkina Faso Attacks

        Insecurity and attacks on schools, students and teachers had forced the government to close 2,500 schools before schools closed nationwide in mid-March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

        Experts say the roots of conflict in the Sahel have shifted from political to economic.

        Poverty is among the factors that have Burkinabe children both “in supply” and “in demand” by extremist groups, according to Christopher M. Faulkner, a national security affairs fellow at the U.S. Naval War College, and Center for Strategic and International Studies researcher Jared Thompson.

    • Hardware
      • Q&A With Co-Creator of the 6502 Processor

        Mensch, an IEEE senior life member, splits his time between Arizona and Colorado, but folks in the Northeast of the United States will have the opportunity to see him as a keynote speaker at the Vintage Computer Festival in Wall, N.J., on the weekend of 8 October. In advance of Mensch’s appearance, The Institute caught up with him via Zoom to talk about his career.

    • Health/Nutrition
      • Opinion | Biden Pledged to Protect People and the Environment From Toxic Chemicals—Now It’s Time to Act

        When President Biden took office, he pledged to protect people and the environment from toxic chemicals now poisoning communities across the United States. If he is serious about that promise, then his administration must align its foreign policies with its domestic commitments when it participates in the next meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, an international treaty that prohibits dangerous pollutants that persist in the environment.

      • ‘I Had a Duty of Care’: Doctor Praised for Violating Texas’ New Abortion Ban

        “I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.”

        Dr. Alan Braid, who provides abortion care in San Antonio, explained his decision to violate Texas’ new law in a Saturday opinion piece for The Washington Post, drawing praise and gratitude from reproductive rights advocates and healthcare professionals nationwide.

      • ByteDance’s New TikTok for Chinese Kids Sets Strict User Limits

        ByteDance Ltd. introduced a TikTok-style service for China’s youth that sets strict controls on daily usage after Beijing stepped up efforts to protect minors from the [Internet]’s risks.

      • China’s Version of TikTok Limits Kids’ Screen Time to 40 Minutes Per Day

        TikTok owner Bytedance is set to bring in screen time caps for Douyin, the Chinese version of the phenomenally successful app, for users under 14 years old as Beijing continues to crack down on the influence of tech companies in the country

      • California moves closer to decriminalizing psychedelic drugs

        The legalization movement that brought upmarket marijuana shops to Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco is now focused on psychedelic drugs. A voter initiative to decriminalize magic mushrooms was recently approved for signature-gathering, and a legislative proposal is set to be considered next year.

      • America’s car crash epidemic

        Cars killed 42,060 people in 2020, up from 39,107 in 2019, according to a preliminary estimate from the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit that focuses on eliminating preventable deaths. (NSC’s numbers are typically higher than those reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) because the NSC includes car deaths in private spaces like driveways and parking lots, and it counts deaths that occur up to a year after a crash.)

    • Integrity/Availability
      • Proprietary
        • Please Stop Closing Forums And Moving People To Discord

          A few days ago Eurogamer closed their forums, bringing to an end over 20 years of community discussion. The site explained the move like sites and companies always do (only a few are still using them), and it made sense the way it always does (that’s a lot of money for not much gain), but that doesn’t mean the process itself isn’t something that sucks.

        • Security
          • Privacy/Surveillance
            • Opinion | Facebook Has Known for Over a Year That Instagram Is Bad for Teens, Despite Claiming Otherwise

              Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram—the social media platform most used by adolescents—is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a September 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report.

            • Why you need a personal laptop

              I’ve been there. Surveys have shown that over half of workers use work-issued devices for personal tasks — whether sending personal messages, shopping online, accessing social media, or reading the news. The prospect of using your work laptop as your only laptop — not just for work, but also for Netflixing, group chat messaging, reading fanfiction, paying bills, and emailing recipes to your mom — is understandably tempting, especially for folks who work from home. Keeping work tasks and personal tasks in one place may feel like an easy way to simplify your life, and it might save space on your desk. Most of all, it may seem like a good cost-saving measure.

              But I’m here to be the bearer of bad news: Don’t do that. Please, I’m begging you, don’t do that.

            • Facebook: Wall Street Journal series ‘contained deliberate mischaracterizations’

              The five-part series, which ran last week, examines how Facebook has handled a number of issues including anti-COVID-19 vaccine rhetoric, the effects of Instagram’s app on younger users and the company’s response to employees who raised concerns about human traffickers and drug cartels on the platform.

              The Journal’s reporting was based on internal documents such as online employee discussions, research reports and presentation drafts.

    • Defence/Aggression
      • The War on Terror, Twenty Years and Counting

        As Sarsour noted, the past two decades have been devastating for people within the U.S. but especially for those living abroad, especially those in the Central Asian and Middle East region. From the drone strikes of weddings to now, leaving a political vacuum for groups like the Taliban to re-emerge and reconquer, U.S. involvement, justified by the War On Terror, has left countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, utterly “decimated”, Sarsour said.

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      • Opinion | US Admits Strike Killing 10 in Kabul Was a ‘Mistake’—But It Is Not a New Problem

        The Associated Press reports that the survivors of family members killed in a U.S. hellfire missile strike on a civilian vehicle after U.S. troops and Afghan evacuees were killed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul are not satisfied with the apology issued by the U.S. military. They want compensation.

      • Russia and Belarus Are Using Migrants as a Weapon Against the EU

        In July, journalists from Belsat TV, the independent channel broadcasting from Poland to Belarus, revealed that Belarusian secret services were conducting an operation to transfer migrants from the Middle East via Belarus to Lithuania. Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, director of Belsat TV, explained explained to Foreign Policy that, “The state-owned company Centrkurort belonging to the President’s Affairs Board, which cooperates with Iraqi travel agencies, is responsible for bringing migrants from Iraq to Belarus. These people get Belarusian tourist visas and after landing at the Minsk airport, they are placed in hotels in Minsk and finally transported to the borders.”

        In the border zone, an elite special unit called OSAM, in which Lukshenko’s sons once served, is reportedly directly involved in the physical transfer of migrants to the other side of the border.

      • Turkey Doubles Down on Atatürk’s Genocidal Legacy

        “It’s not possible for books being used for instruction in our schools to portray Kemal Atatürk as a paradigm of a moral leader who ‘benefited the people,’” the Greek Cypriot Education Ministry said in a statement. “Because, as it’s well known, Ataturk and the Young Turks are responsible for crimes against people like the Armenian Genocide, of the Pontian Greeks, the Assyrians.”

      • Iranian guards sexually assaulted female IAEA inspectors – report

        Iranian security guards made female International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors remove clothing and then inappropriately touched them at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, according to The Wall Street Journal.

        At least four separate incidents of harassment were reported since early June, one diplomat told The Wall Street Journal, while another diplomat said that there had been five to seven. The most recent incident was reported in the past few weeks.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting
      • South African whistle-blower: I don’t feel safe

        The recent murder of South African civil servant Babita Deokaran, who blew the whistle on government corruption, has highlighted the dangers for those who speak out against the mounting problem, writes the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani.

    • Environment
      • Care Workers Demand Federal Support as First Responders in Climate Crises
      • Opinion | Tribal Solar Projects Provide More Than Climate Solutions

        In August 2021, two wildfires surrounded the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in central Montana. By August 11, more than 175,000 acres were ablaze, and all residents of Lame Deer, the largest town on the reservation, were asked to evacuate. Several communities lost power and cell service, and the local Boys and Girls Club set up door-to-door food delivery. Some of those forced to evacuate were staff at Covenant Tribal Solar Initiative, a nonprofit that supports tribal communities’ transition to solar power and development of renewable energy workforces. Wildfires like those surrounding Northern Cheyenne—which may get worse because of climate change—exemplified the urgent need for Covenant’s work.

      • Opinion | Welcome to the Pyrocene: Fossil Fuel Combustion Has Thrust Us Into a New Fire Age

        Fire in the West is expected, and not so long ago, it seemed something the West experienced more than anywhere else. Nationally, big fires were treated as another freak of Western violence, like a grizzly bear attack, or another California quirk like Esalen and avocados.

      • Energy
        • Why skippers aren’t scuppered

          The troubles began in 2020, when firms that had idled production in the expectation of a slump instead faced heavy demand for cars, electronics and home-exercise equipment. Generous stimulus, in America especially, kept order books full while the pandemic skewed spending toward goods rather than services. Producers of computer chips have been unable to keep up with the rush. The shipping industry had no spare capacity and has faced a series of disruptions, from the saga of the stuck ship Ever Given, to the closing of ports amid outbreaks of covid-19 and storms like Hurricane Ida. With the system stretched thin, a mishap anywhere affects the movement of goods everywhere. Experts reckon it may take a year or more for conditions to return to something like normal.

    • Finance
      • Report on Revolving Door and Tax Policy Sparks Calls for Federal Probe and Reforms

        As congressional Democrats are working out tax hikes targeting corporations and rich individuals for the Build Back Better package they hope to pass in the coming weeks, The New York Times on Sunday shone a spotlight on the revolving door between accounting firms and the U.S. government that benefits companies hoping to avoid taxes.

        “If any of the officials had arrangements for future employment with their former employers while meeting with the employers, they committed a crime under the conflict of interest law.”—Walter Shaub, POGO

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics
      • Sanders, Top Dems Optimistic Party Will ‘Come Together’ for Reconciliation Package

        In a series of Sunday television appearances, key congressional leaders seemed optimistic that the Democratic caucuses of both chambers would join forces to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a Build Back Better package to advance President Joe Biden’s agenda—even if it requires missing a rapidly approaching deadline.

        House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in order to advance the budget resolution for the broader package last month, struck a deal with a small group of right-wing Democrats that the chamber would “consider” the bipartisan bill by September 27, which is a week from Monday.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation
      • Rhetoric and frame analysis of ExxonMobil’s climate change communications

        This is the first computationalassessment of how ExxonMobil has usedlanguage to subtly yet systematicallyframe public discourse about climatechange. We show that ExxonMobil usesrhetoric mimicking the tobacco industryto downplay the reality and seriousnessof climate change, to present fossil fueldominance as reasonable and inevitable,and to shift responsibility for climatechange away from itself and ontoconsumers. Our work is relevant tolawsuits, policy proposals, andgrassroots activism seeking to hold fossilfuel companies accountable fordeceptive marketing.

    • Censorship/Free Speech
      • Navalny App Gone from Google, Apple Stores on Russia Vote Day

        Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s Smart Voting app disappeared from Apple and Google stores Friday as Russians began voting in a three-day parliamentary election marked by a historic crackdown on the opposition.

        “Removing the Navalny app from stores is a shameful act of political censorship,” top Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov said on Twitter.

        The app promoted an initiative that outlines for Navalny supporters which candidate they should back to unseat Kremlin-aligned politicians.

      • The Data Is In — Trigger Warnings Don’t Work

        A recent Inside Higher Ed piece by Michael Bugeja, an Iowa State journalism professor, is emblematic of this shift. In light of the tumultuous times (a “mental-health pandemic,” ongoing sexual violence and racism, the anxiety of returning to in-person instruction), Bugeja says that trigger warnings are needed now more than ever. All faculty members should follow his lead, he argues, and include detailed trigger warnings on their syllabi accompanied by the following note: “You don’t have to attend class if the content elicits an uncomfortable emotional response.”

        Bugeja’s article prompted us to review the latest research on the efficacy of trigger warnings. We found no evidence that trigger warnings improve students’ mental health. What’s more, we are now convinced that they push students and faculty members alike to turn away from the study of vitally important topics that are seen as too “distressing.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing
    • Monopolies
      • Patents

        • The Unified Patent Court. Do we finally have a predictable timeline?
          [Ed: Team UPC is still in control of IP Kat (what’s left of it), posting fake news]

          After the Order of the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) dated 23 June 2021 (see here the IPKat post) it is now clarified that Germany is able to participate in the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) and the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the UPCA (the PAP-Protocol).

          [...]

          According to the current timeline of the Preparatory Committee, the UPC will be fully operational by mid-2022.

        • U.S. District Court Adopts Expansive Definition of aBLA “Submitter” – Kluwer Patent Blog

          Submission of an abbreviated Biologics License Application (“aBLA”), under the Biosimilar Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), for a biosimilar version of an already-approved biologic drug constitutes an “artificial act of infringement” for which the biologic’s patent owner may file suit.[1] In the recent AbbVie Inc. v. Alvotech hf.[2] decision, the district court adopted an expansive definition of what it means to “submit” an application, and allowed infringement claims to be brought against the foreign parent company of the applicant listed in the aBLA. This decision has important implications for cases where the biosimilar manufacturer is based outside of the United States.

          [...]

          The Hatch-Waxman Act was passed in 1984, twenty-five years earlier than the BPCIA. Based on this significant gap, there is far more case law in the ANDA than the aBLA context. It is thus possible that other courts will borrow other principles from Hatch-Waxman litigation as further cases are adjudicated under the BPCIA.

          Critically, those developing biosimilars should be aware that non-U.S. parties may be named as defendants consistent with the Alvotech court’s expanded definition of “submitter.” Entities that created or prepared the information in the aBLA, or entities that will participate in manufacture, distribution, marketing, or importation of a biosimilar may be subject to a suit for patent infringement, even if they are not named in the aBLA. For BLA holders, this decision may allow suit to be brought in a more favorable venue. Additionally, for foreign corporations at arms-length from the U.S. entity named in the aBLA, it will be important to factor into any contracts or licensing arrangements the associated potential liabilities and costs, as well as control of the litigation and its settlement.

        • Why ex-parte reexams are picking up at the USPTO

          Counsel at Cisco, Unified Patents and elsewhere unpick data that shows how patent challengers are turning to old procedures, often after discretionary denials

        • CVC Files Opposition to ToolGen Substantive Motion No. 1 [Ed: The latest on the truly insane campaign (lobbying more so than lawyering) to get patents, i.e. monopolies, on life, nature, genetics]

          On July 15th, Junior Party the University of California/Berkeley, the University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, “CVC”) filed its Opposition to Senior Party ToolGen’s Substantive Motion No. 1 for benefit of priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/837,481, filed June 20, 2013 (“P3″ or “ToolGen P3″), or alternatively, International Application No. PCT/KR2013/009488, filed Oct. 23, 2013 (“PCT”), in Interference No. 106,127.

      • Copyrights

[Meme] Looting Europe and Taking Away From the Office

Monday 20th of September 2021 10:38:38 AM

We know where the money goes

Summary: The staff of the EPO is being robbed by corrupt officials [1, 2], who arrogantly assume that they can get away with anything (because they have facilitators all over Europe)

IRC Proceedings: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Monday 20th of September 2021 09:32:56 AM

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Formally Challenging the EPO and Microsoft for Apparent Efforts to Suppress Reporting With Evidence of Crimes, Including Violations of EPO Data Protection Guidelines

Monday 20th of September 2021 09:26:17 AM


The Administrative Council has been largely complicit; it’s more like an instrument of facilitation, legitimisation and collusion rather than oversight

Summary: The largest cross-institutional European den of corruption, the EPO, will be hearing from lawyers and hopefully from public officials too. The criminal behaviour is long overdue for review and the Administrative Council too should be investigated (for repeatedly abetting this behaviour, for personal gain).

IN yesterday's post we mentioned how EPO management nowadays uses “cloudwashing” tactics to pretend that outsourcing EPO data to Microsoft (American firm, spying firm) is somehow acceptable, even lawful. EPO managers know they’re lying, maybe they even receive kick-backs to lie about it. Maybe. It happens a lot with Microsoft and judging by attempts to suppress our publication it seems highly probable that the stakes are very high. They resort even to greenwashing! What next? Clouds, windmills, and rainbows?

“They resort even to greenwashing!”Either way, we’re keeping under the wraps (for now) potential legal action. For those who want the hard material, or pertinent underlying evidence (including moving of the goalposts by the Administrative Council after our publication), the following documents are included:

1. Old EPO Data Protection Guidelines [PDF] introduced (unilaterally) by Benoît Battistelli in 2014 (for comparison).

2. Proposal document [PDF] for new Data Protection Guidelines CA/26/21 (and a companion document (CA/26/21 Corr. 1) with some minor corrections [PDF]).

3. The decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 5/21 adopting the proposal of CA/26/21. [PDF]

“They moreover attempt to retroactively justify or ‘legalise’ their illegal acts.”The cover-up or ‘mop-up’ by the Administrative Council is noteworthy. They’ve long been complicit, so they want to brush all this stuff under a rug or a carpet somewhere. They moreover attempt to retroactively justify or ‘legalise’ their illegal acts.

The documents relating to the new Data Protection Guidelines can be accessed via the official Web site of the Administrative Council. If you set the year of publication to “2021″, they will appear in the list.

Seeing the repeated efforts to stop our publication, we’re moreover exploring legal action against those whose crimes have been subjected to gags/censorship. It goes well beyond Techrights and we need to end this Mafia-like culture. Once and for all

“This sort of culture, wherein gangsters disguise themselves as professionals and managers (lacking relevant skills but wearing the right ‘costumes’, equipped with buzzwords and prepared statements), must end.”Suffice to say, the EPO has many other privacy-related scandals, as well as other types of scandals, but it is hiding behind the veil of diplomatic immunity. Thousands of EPO workers are eager to put an end to these severe abuses, which European media deliberately overlooks because of SLAPP. They already sent several law firms after me to intimidate and threaten me.

Over the next few days we will transparently deposit evidence and lodge a formal complaint with relevant public officials. This sort of culture, wherein gangsters disguise themselves as professionals and managers (lacking relevant skills but wearing the right ‘costumes’, equipped with buzzwords and prepared statements), must end.

As the old adage goes: António Campinos, you’ll be hearing from lawyers soon (not yours)…