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Techrights Can Figure Out Source Protection/Anonymisation Whilst Operating Very Transparently

Posted in Site News at 4:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A night man

Summary: We’re still quite radically transparent whilst at the same time enjoying 100% source protection record; we’re also improving the software we use to publish more quickly and efficiently

THIS site of ours is extremely transparent. People who read our IRC logs or lurk in IRC know that. We keep almost no secrets, except when it is absolutely necessary, such as protection of sources. It’s not hard to figure out who we are and what our plans are (e.g. upcoming articles); we always try to be as transparent as possible so long as that does not undermine an upcoming story or harm a source.

“We remain committed to posting the Daily Links every day, sometimes twice per day, and our daily IRC postings will turn one later this summer.”Having said that, logs aren’t published in real time. I typically generate and upload these shortly after midnight. Links to the logs are added later in the day. We habitually receive mail in response to published logs (like views that readers have about our proceedings). This means that lurking is possible without an IRC client and even input can be sent. In a sense, publishing these logs improves not only transparency but also a feedback loop — the type of thing that can inspire future or follow-up articles.

We remain committed to posting the Daily Links every day, sometimes twice per day, and our daily IRC postings will turn one later this summer. We’ve never regretted improving transparency (and speed of transparency; it takes hours, never more than 24 hours). It has brought lots of benefits and put nobody at risk.

We realise that nowadays many “comments” go into social control media and not blog sections (which is a shame for blogs). We make up for it with IRC, E-mail, and various other means of communication. We rarely suffer from Internet trolls, only the habitual DDOS attacks (quite a few of these lately).

We recently improved our tooling a little further to help improve productivity (we have our Git server, which should become public at some stage after migration to containers). We strive to eventually return to publishing about 10 posts a day — just like we did a decade ago, on average (back then we also published IRC logs on a daily basis).

There’s not much to say about the EPO these days, partly because of the lock-down. As for 35 U.S.C. § 101, which bars many software patents, it’s still being leveraged and enforced against software patents in courts (never mind the USPTO) and with the death of the UPC we hope to further advance the push against software patents in Europe. This is still a top priority. It has been for a very long time.


If You Want to Support and Follow Us ‘Properly’, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is Most Reliable and Robust to Censorship

Posted in Site News at 6:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Follow us directly, not through intermediaries/middlemen (where innocent uses of non-gender-neutral terms can get one de-platformed)

Last year we moved from Thunderbird to QuiteRSS, as it has a broad range/wealth of features (we compared it to many other RSS/XML tools; we also developed our own)

Summary: Our longstanding position on social control media (we reject it and don’t participate in it) is only proven ever more justified now that the mere idea of fact-checking is seen as controversial if not illegal

. It’s a decent little list and an associate sent it for sharing in our latest Daily Links. To quote a little portion:

The point is that curation of an RSS reader forces one to think about their inputs, and to exercise their values in doing so. Are you building a list of inputs that agree with you? Are you including people who you respect but disagree with? What about people you can’t stand at all?

I understand that a lot of people, especially very young people, don’t know what RSS is and likely never used it at all. But it’s never too late to learn. There’s not even much to learn, it’s very straight-forward. It helps remove the noise from one’s reading and amplify the signal (of one’s choice, preference, without anybody else interfering in this process). Throughout the day I deal almost entirely with RSS feeds for my readings. A lot of the reading I do is in plain text; no ads, no “recommended” links, no nonsense basically…

It helps me concentrate, it helps me keep focus and composure. Even one minute on Twitter is enough to throw me off my train of thought and sometimes it leads to loss of calmness. The site is designed for controversy and signal pollution. It’s a rollercoaster of disorganised, non-chronological statements of entirely different topics, narrated by opposing spectra. If Twitter was a marketplace, there would be lots of shouting, no amicable debates, no exchange of ideas. It reinforces divisiveness and tribalism. It’s also full of falsehoods and if Twitter tries to add a little fact-checking, an Orange Menace goes ballistic and makes threats. What happened a few days ago (we don’t want to link to that agitation and pseudo-presidential trolling) simply served to prove the hopelessness of such platforms. Social control media, as a concept, is flawed and utterly broken (guess whose side Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook took; answer in Daily Links).

“A lot of the reading I do is in plain text; no ads, no “recommended” links, no nonsense basically…”Techrights has one main RSS feed, a secondary one for wiki changes (if someone wants to keep abreast of those), and few others that aren’t important enough to list. The feeds are dynamically generated and cached.

To avoid us having to self-censor for fear of retaliation from private companies () please follow us using RSS feeds, i.e. directly. We’re still the subject of some DDOS attacks (the latest was only hours ago) and we predict further efforts to suppress access or limit our reach/audience.

My personal views, expressed in personal accounts and my personal site (schestowitz.com), aren’t the stance of Techrights. They’re also full of typos as I very rarely proofread/spellcheck anything outside this site. I preserve and reserve the time for fact-checking and I focus on ensuring the accuracy of everything published in Techrights (final works). Social control media was never — and will never be — a substitute/surrogate of proper investigations. To certain type of ‘presidents’ it’s difficult to write more than a single sentence (let alone ensure it contains truthful statements). And to certain constituents it’s also difficult to read and digest more than one barely-coherent sentence full of insults or at least dog-whistles.

As a side note, for those who think that “subscribe for updates” (over E-mail) is a substitute to RSS, well… it’s not. It doesn’t scale well. Imagine having to send out (without risk of centralised blacklisting) 10,000 E-mails each time you publish a single post. If there’s some company or service offering to do this, it will only be a matter of time before the service goes out of existence (along with subscribers’ lists), starts charging heavily, or sticks unwanted ads into the E-mail. That’s hardly a way to control distribution of messages in a decentralised fashion. Our RSS feeds have had exactly the same addresses since 2006 and some of our subscribers really do go this far back (having just checked, the RSS feeds get about a quarter million requests per week or a million a month). We also maintain similar layout and format. We can proudly claim to be a site that’s compatible with old browsers, computers and setups. So-called ‘phones’? Not interested. They’re generally a bad form factor for reading anything but social control media “quips” and “tweets” and “selfies” or whatnot…


ZDNet is Totally a Microsoft Propaganda Machine

Posted in Site News at 10:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Posted over the past ~10 hours alone:

ZDNet propping up the Epstein-connected Sinofsky
Now propping up the Epstein-connected Sinofsky (his wife and him are closely connected to Epstein, as per the NY Times piece). These villains who run the site on Microsoft’s cash (ad money) also defamed RMS as connected to Epstein even though he had repeatedly called him serial rapist. The real Epstein connections are Microsoft’s. RMS was a convenient distraction at a time (Gates had used Epstein as his ‘mule’ at MIT).

'New' Microsoft

Summary: The site ZDNet has become worse than useless; it lies, defames and launders the reputation of famous criminals (that’s the business model these days)

“Mind Control: To control mental output you have to control mental input. Take control of the channels by which developers receive information, then they can only think about the things you tell them. Thus, you control mindshare!”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

“The author of the email, posted on ZDNet in a Talkback forum on the Microsoft antitrust trial, claimed her name was Michelle Bradley and that she had “retired” from Microsoft last week.

“”A verbal memo [no email allowed] was passed around the MS campus encouraging MS employee’s to post to ZDNet articles like this one,” the email said.

“”The theme is ‘Microsoft is responsible for all good things in computerdom.’ The government has no right to prevent MS from doing anything. Period. The ‘memo’ suggests we use fictional names and state and to identify ourselves as students,” the author claimed.”


Under Distributed Denial of Service Attacks Lately, But We’re Too Robust For Those

Posted in Site News at 11:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Compartmentalised and containerised, we’re a lot more resistant to attacks these days


Summary: Efforts to take Techrights offline have been ramped up lately; but it’s not working and it hardly even distracts us from publishing

OVER the past few days, on at least 3 different occasions and for periods as long as an hour (due to mitigation, which discourages the attacker), we came under DDoS attacks. It’s impossible to mistake this for anything else; the patterns give away the intent, complete with test runs, attempts to bypass protections and so on.

“Whoever tries to forcibly silence us is clearly wasting his/her time.”The first very major attack we suffered was in 2008. It was a DDoS attack so large that it left us offline for several days. It was very persistent. Back in 2014 and in 2015 when we started covering EPO scandals we also routinely suffered DDoS attacked (around the time Beno?t Battistelli blocked this site — a block that the ‘kind’ and ‘gentle’ and ‘different’ António Campinos maintains after 2 years in the Office).

It’s difficult to tell who may be behind these latest attacks. It might not matter, either. What matters is that now, in 全民彩票网址 (and also last year), we’re far better equipped to deal with such attacks. They’re not so potent. They may cause the site to slow down for a few minutes (depending on volume/load), but the site is monitored closely and has mechanisms for prompt mitigation. Whoever tries to forcibly silence us is clearly wasting his/her time. It hardly wastes our time because we have trivial responses which only take a minute or two to activate, without ever relying on anything external like third parties or CDNs such as ClownFlare or ‘elastic’ AmaZone. To hell with those companies trying to suck in all the world’s Internet traffic.


Links 16/5/全民彩票网址: FreeBSD 11.4 Beta 2

Posted in Site News at 8:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain fun. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. Tell us how we’re doing. We’d love to hear from you.

      • A Rust-based Node.js alternative is exciting developers while the language itself celebrates its fifth birthday, the Maui Project unveils its first stable toolkit, Mozilla rolls back Lockwise integration with operating system passwords, and Finnix lands its first new edition in five years.

      • Technical debt has to be dealt with on a regular basis to have a healthy product and development team.

        The impacts of technical debt include emotional drain on engineers and slowing down development and can adversely affect your hiring ability and retention.

        But really, what is technical debt? Can we measure it? How do we reduce it, and when?

        James Smith, the CEO of Bugsnag, joins the show to talk about technical debt and all of these questions.

    • Benchmarks

      • ?
        This week Amazon announced the general availability of their EC2 “M6g” instances powered by their second-generation Graviton processors. Amazon is offering a variety of M6g instances with the Graviton2 CPU, including a bare metal instance. In this article are many benchmarks looking at the various Amazon EC2 M6g instances compared to other EC2 Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC instances as well as looking at the M6g Graviton2 metal performance up against various Intel/AMD CPUs in our lab.

        Graviton2 is a big upgrade over the original Graviton CPUs that were designed by Annapurna Labs. With Graviton2 there are 64 Arm Neoverse N1 cores per system (for metal or up to their maximum M6g instance type) and this new generation supports always-on DRAM encryption, dual SIMD units, int8/fp16 instruction support, and other architectural improvements over the original Graviton and other Arm server SoCs for that matter.

    • Applications

      • ?
        With increasing demand for programmers, tools like text editors have slowly grown in prominence and popularity. Text editors are programs that allow you to create and edit files. They can be used for simple writing tasks, such as allowing one to edit their essay, or to write their code to develop a computer program. Since these are simple programs that allow users to edit their files, they in turn have a lower overhead and are therefore generally quite fast to use.

        In addition, text editors allow users to create and modify files of all types of programming languages. This flexible nature of theirs makes them a popular choice among users. With a wide collection of options available, it is important to choose the text editor that offers the best features and allows users to do their work as efficiently as possible.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • This quick tutorial explains the steps to install and use GNOME Boxes and create virtual 全民彩票网址, and with some tips and troubleshooting as well.

    • Games

      • Julius, a constantly improving free and open source game engine to play the classic Caesar III on modern systems has a brand new release available.

        This new release went up a few days ago and it’s quite a big one all things considered. Not because of any one thing, there’s just lots of nice small additions to make playing Caesar III better.

        New support for language packs and the Korean and Swedish versions of the game, there’s also now translations for French, German, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish for the options screen. There’s new hotkeys like ALT+Enter for fullscreen and CTRL+O/S for loading and saving and you can actually configure your own hotkeys now too.

      • After waiting quite a while, Subset Games finally gave us the Linux port of Into the Breach and it’s been working well for us but they just put out a fresh update to fix some issues.

        The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to hold off this alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL.
        Yesterday May 15 a small patch v1.23 went up, and it’s good to see Subset Games give plenty of attention to the Linux version as they continue to ensure it works nicely. There’s always going to be a few rough edges on a new version on any platform of course, as nothing is ever perfect.

      • In addition, Steam Workshop support has arrived to the game as well, giving those who want to experience community-made modifications an easy way to find and install them with just one click.

        The new Linux version of Half-Life: Alyx uses the Vulkan rendering API. Valve says “AMD graphics and the Mesa RADV driver are recommended for best results” on the platform, and if Proton was used previously, users are recommended to uncheck the “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool” box in the Alyx properties menu.

      • Just like Valve said to us they would do so, Half-Life: Alyx is now available on Linux using the Vulkan graphics API. This arrives as part of a big update that went out today which also brings in modding tools and Steam Workshop support, it’s going to be very fun to see what the community comes up with for Half-Life: Alyx.

        Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival.

      • On launch-day Valve had Half-Life: Alyx running on Linux via Steam Play while with the VR game’s latest update is now a Linux-native build and Vulkan rendering support.

        Today’s update to Half-Life: Alyx adds Steam Workshop support but also notable with this update is native Linux support using Vulkan. This update also makes Vulkan rendering on Windows optional as an alternative to Direct3D 11.

      • With so many games being released, announced and teased it’s often hard to keep on top of things so we’re here to help. Going over a good few pages and hundreds of articles, here’s a quick round-up in case you’ve missed any.

        Just a note: this is nowhere near an exhaustive list, just a brief selection of titles we don’t want you to miss.

      • Unlike other Bluetooth controllers, the Xbox One controller will not interact with Linux without modifications. The reason? The Bluetooth chip inside of it has a DRM feature enabled, which prevents it from pairing successfully.

        In this guide, we’ll go over how to disable the DRM feature that makes it impossible to pair your Xbox One controller to Linux over Bluetooth. Additionally, we’ll walk you through the pairing process.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kid3 is a handy but powerful music tagging program which lets you edit the ID3 tags and similar formats on MP3 and other music files.

          This month is has moved to be hosted by KDE and has made its first release as a KDE app. The release note says:

          “Besides bug fixes, this release provides usability improvements, additional keyboard shortcuts and user action scripts. Special thanks go to various people at KDE, who translated the user interface and the handbook to new languages.”

          Kid3 is available in for Linux, Windows, Mac and Android. You can download from the website or through your distro and the stores Chocolatey, 全民彩票官网下载brew and F-droid.

        • The KDE Plasma 5.19 beta has been released! We’re very proud of the work that’s gone into 5.19, but it is no doubt buggy and in need of QA. Please help us find all the bugs we missed! Go test it in your favorite distro; options include KDE Neon Testing or Unstable editions, openSUSE Krypton or KDE:Unstable repos, Arch’s kde-unstable repos, and probably many more I’m not familiar with (please tell me!).

        • The Plasma 5.19 beta was released this week but that’s not the finish line yet and KDE developers have remained very busy polishing it up for ensuring this open-source desktop has a stellar release coming up.

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • ??
          Performance Factors The unique optimizations built into Modicia OS are the Turbo Boost processors, which are active by default. Also system swappiness is reduced to 10 percent, and programs are 25 percent faster, which the developer notes increases the life of the SSD disk.

          Data in RAM memory is compressed to enhance the speed by more than 20 percent when reading and writing, according to the developer. Also, Wine, Samba and Rsync are configured and active.

          QT and GTK applications share a similar look as if they relied on a single library. The Windows theme is the same for all applications. The theme, buttons and icons, like the VLC skin, were created specifically for Modicia OS Ultimate.

          You will find applications, management tools, and multimedia that do not exist in any other distribution. Everything installed is ready and preconfigured. Bottom Line Modicia OS Ultimate is graphically beautiful, complete, and uses only 450 MB of RAM. It performs well on older computers with more limited hardware resources and flies on more current boxes.

        • Linux Mint is quickly eroding Ubuntu’s position as the easy to use Linux desktop. But Mint comes in more than just one flavor, including a lighter version based on Xfce. How does this light version fare against its big brother? Does everything still “just work”, or are there hidden compromises? And how does it stack up against other lightweight distros? Check out our Linux Mint Xfce Edition review below.

      • New Releases

        • Offensive Security recently announced its second release of 全民彩票网址, Kali Linux 全民彩票网址.2 with infrastructure improvements, PowerShell by Default, changes with login, and other features.

          For those unaware, Kali Linux is one of the best Linux distros for hackers, pen-tester, and security researchers because most of the hacking tools that are available online are built-in this Linux Distro. The previous version of Kali Linux 全民彩票网址.1 was released in January 全民彩票网址.

      • BSD

          The second BETA build of the 11.4-RELEASE release cycle is now
          Installation images are available for:
          o 11.4-BETA2 amd64 GENERIC
          o 11.4-BETA2 i386 GENERIC
          o 11.4-BETA2 powerpc GENERIC
          o 11.4-BETA2 powerpc64 GENERIC64
          o 11.4-BETA2 sparc64 GENERIC
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 BANANAPI
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 BEAGLEBONE
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 CUBIEBOARD
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 CUBIEBOARD2
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 RPI-B
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 RPI2
          o 11.4-BETA2 armv6 WANDBOARD
          o 11.4-BETA2 aarch64 GENERIC
          Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
          console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
          freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
          the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
          to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
          Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
          The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
          If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
          system or on the -stable mailing list.
          If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
          system, use the "releng/11.4" branch.
          A summary of changes since 11.4-BETA1 includes:
          o llvm, clang, compiler-rt, libc++, libunwind, lld, lldb and openmp have
            been updated to version 10.0.0.
          o An issue with loader.lua has been fixed.
          o A linker issue with stand/i386 has been fixed.
          o Two security issues with libalias(3) have been fixed.
            FreeBSD-SA-20:12.libalias FreeBSD-SA-20:13.libalias
          o procfs(5)-based process debugging has been deprecated.
          o Various potential system panics have been resolved.
          o An issue booting recent Linux kernels via bhyve has been fixed.
          o The ubsec(4) driver has been marked as deprecated.
          A list of changes since 11.3-RELEASE is available in the releng/11.4
          release notes:
          Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
          updated on an ongoing basis as the 11.4-RELEASE cycle progresses.
      • Screenshots/Screencasts

        • In this video, I am going to show an overview of Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS and some of the applications pre-installed.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • This week we had some trickier changes entering our beloved distro, which might even have causes some (minor) problems for you while running zypper dup. It’s about how we package symlinks in our RPMs. So far, brp-check-suse converted the symlinks to absolute ones, then rpm warned about that fact. No way of pleasing the packager, right? The brp policy has been updated and symlinks are now all converted to relative ones (almost all – things to /dev stay absolute, e.g. /dev/null). This has some advantages when inspecting chroots or other layouts that could be mounted somewhere else. The issues seen were that not everything got rebuilt in the same go, which resulted in zypper complaining about file conflicts.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • As you may have noticed, GNOME was recently accepted as a participating organization in the Season of Docs 全民彩票网址 program (thanks Kristi Progri, Shaun McCance, and Emmanuele Bassi for your help with this).

          While we are eagerly awaiting potential participants to apply for the program and start contributing as documentation writers to GNOME user and developer documentation projects, I also wanted to summarize recent updates from the GNOME documentation infrastructure area.

          Back in January this year when conferences were not solely virtual, Shaun McCance, David King and yours truly managed to meet right before FOSDEM 全民彩票网址 in Brussels, Belgium for two days of working on a next-gen site generator for GNOME user documentation.

          As largely unmaintained library-web running behind help.gnome.org remains one of the biggest pain points in the GNOME project, we have a long-term plan to replace it with Pintail. This generator written by Shaun builds Ducktype or Mallard documentation directly from Git repos, surpassing the need to handle Autotools or Meson or any other build system in a tarball, as opposed to library-web, which, for historical reasons, depends on released tarballs generated with Autotools only, with no support for Meson.

        • Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora this week. Fedora 30 will reach end-of-life on 26 May.

          I have weekly office hours in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else.

        • The Build Smart on Kubernetes World Tour is a series of in-person and virtual workshops around the globe that help you build the skills you need to quickly modernize your applications.


          CodeReady Containers provide a great way to get started with learning the basics of working with Red Hat OpenShift. In this workshop, you set up CodeReady Containers locally and then run through a series of modules that use the OpenShift command line to create a project. Create an app from a variety of sources, including source code (Node.js), a Docker image, or even a GitHub repository. Then learn how to monitor the status of OpenShift, interpret logs, and assess the state of running applications. The introduction finishes with an exploration of key concepts for exposing your application, including port-forwarding and routing.

        • Red Hat and AWS have announced Amazon Red Hat OpenShift, a jointly-managed and jointly-supported enterprise Kubernetes service on AWS.

          “Amazon Red Hat OpenShift will offer customers the ability to launch Red Hat OpenShift clusters and provide the benefit of an AWS integrated experience for cluster creation and management, AWS Console listing, on-demand (hourly) billing model, single invoice for AWS deployments and the ability to contact AWS for support,” said Sathish Balakrishnan, Red Hat’s VP of Hosted Platforms, in a blog post.

      • Debian Family

        • Some days ago I wrote a small script to export the needed values to x-nodeinfo2 that is queried by the-federation.info. It’s surely not the best script or solution for that job and is currently limited to ejabberd servers that use a PostgreSQL database as backend, although it should be fairly easy to adapt the script for use with MySQL. Well, at least it does its job. At least as there is no native ejabberd module for this task.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • ?
          Here is a complete user resource to learn Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa from the basics. This page informs you things you need and want to know about using computer with Ubuntu divided in ten sections: the knowledge of operating system itself, how to install and upgrade it, the Ubuntu basics for your daily computing, software installation, working with LibreOffice, how to print and scan, terminal commands, applications recommendation, and more readings. There are also ebooks downloadable below. I hope this big list helps anybody starting with Ubuntu in 全民彩票网址 and even starting with using computer as well. Welcome全民彩票网址 to computing without virus and antivirus powered by free, libre, and open source software. Have successful works with Ubuntu!


    • Devices/Embedded

      • I’m pretty excited for the upcoming release of the PineTab as it’ll arguably be the first real Linux tablet there’s ever been!

        But for a Linux tablet to actually be a Linux tablet it needs to run a Linux-powered tablet OS. As seen with the Pine全民彩票网址Phone, the open source community is stepping up to provide one.

      • Pine64 announced plans to build an inexpensive Linux tablet in early 2019. But the PineTab project was delayed so the company could prioritize its laptops and smartphone… and then delayed again due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on factories in China全民彩票网址.

        Now that manufacturing is ramping up again, Pine64 says it’ll begin taking pre-orders soon.

        It’s worth noting that customers who want to get in on the early batch will essentially be buying beta hardware. So if you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, you might want to wait for a later batch. But did I mention that it’s a Linux tablet that will cost just $100?

      • ?
        Shiratech’s $168 “Stinger96” 96Boards IoT Edition SBC runs Linux on an STM32MP157 and offers an NB-IoT modem. The SBC powers a $195 “IoT Box” system that adds WiFi/BT, mics, and sensors. Shiratech has joined Arrow and ST to give away 500 Stinger96 and Avenger96 SBCs.

        Shiratech has posted specs for a 96Boards IoT Edition Extended SBC called the Stinger96 equipped with a Quectel BG96 LTE CAT-M1 radio for NB-IoT communications. The SBC runs Linux on ST’s dual-core Cortex-A7 STM32MP157 SoC, which includes a with Cortex-M4 core. Shiratech, which has produced Linux-driven SBCs including the SAMA5D3-based SparkGate-7 Open IoT Gateway, has also launched a $195 “IoT Box” gateway based on the Stinger96 that adds a WiFi/BT module, battery, mics, and an air quality sensor (see farther below).

      • ?
        Artila’s compact “Wireless Gateway Matrix-702” for wireless remote monitoring runs Linux on a SAMA5D35 and offers GbE and Fast Ethernet ports and a mini-PCIe slot with micro-SIM.

        Artila has announced a “simple, cost-effective remote monitoring solution” for “device-to-cloud service.” The DIN-rail mountable, 109.6 x 89 x 30mm Wireless Gateway Matrix-702 has a similar form factor as the slightly larger Wireless Gateway Matrix-750. However, instead of using an i.MX6 ULL, it runs on a slower Microchip SAMA5D35 (ATSAMA5D35). This is the same 536MHz, Cortex-A5 processor found on the earlier Matrix-713, Matrix-710, and other Matrix models.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Remote work — all of a sudden with no time to plan for it — is disruptive. It’s unfamiliar. It’s stressful. It’s distracting, especially for those with 全民彩票官网登录-aged children who are now themselves remote learners. Here are some of the ways open source communities mitigate the absence of physical human contact.

      • Events

        • As previously promised, we are announcing today that we have decided to hold the the Linux Plumbers Conference 全民彩票网址 virtually instead of in person. We value the safety and health of our community and do not wish to expose anyone to unnecessary risks.

          We do appreciate that it is the in-person aspect of plumbers (the hallway track) which attendees find the most valuable. An online Linux Plumbers Conference will clearly be different from past events. We are working hard to find ways to preserve as much of the LPC experience as we can while also taking advantage of any new opportunities that the online setting offers us. Since we no longer have many of the fixed expenses of an in-person conference, we are able to reduce the registration fee to $50. In addition we are pushing back the opening of registration to June 15 全民彩票网址.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Sitting in front of a computer all day (and getting caught up in the never-ending bad news cycle) can be draining. And if you happen to be working from 全民彩票官网下载, you might also be facing distractions and other stressors. A soothing scene set to gentle white noise could be just the thing to restore serenity and focus to your day.

            Right click on any of these relaxing videos and select “Loop” for continuous play. Then click the blue Picture-in-Picture button to pop the video out and play alongside while you go about your business on other tabs or do things outside of Firefox. You can also grab it with your mouse to move it around or resize it to your liking. Don’t see the Picture-in-Picture button? Download latest Firefox browser to use it.

          • In the last few months I’ve worked with contributors who wanted to be selected to work on Treeherder during this year’s Google Summer of Code. The initial proposal was to improve various Treeherder developer ergonomics (read: make Treeherder development easier). I’ve had three very active contributors that have helped to make a big difference (in alphabetical order): Shubham, Shubhank and Suyash.

            In this post I would like to thank them publicly for all the work they have accomplished as well as list some of what has been accomplished. There’s also listed some work from Kyle who tackled the initial work of allowing normal Python development outside of Docker (more about this later).

            After all, I won’t be participating in GSoC due to burn-out and because this project is mostly completed (thanks to our contributors!). Nevertheless, two of the contributors managed to get selected to help with Treeherder (Suyash) and Firefox Accounts (Shubham) for GSoC. Congratulations!

          • Forget Me Not is a wonderful extension. It’s powerful, rich and effective. The only problem is, it has a rather complicated workflow, which can make it somewhat difficult for ordinary users. The solution would be to somewhat rearrange options, so the setup becomes more linear, and thus easier to follow and master.

            That said, Forget Me Not does an excellent job. You can now keep important cookies, and delete the useless rest, and you have other assets in your toolbox, too, like the ability to handle various types of cleanable data, perform automatic or manual maintenance, and then some. Very practical, and another notch on your privacy belt. So there we go, a great little finding, post-quantum. I’m actually happy. Curtain.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Two weeks ago, we started a new Month of LibreOffice, saying thanks to contributors from our worldwide community. Everyone who helps out with our projects this month can claim a cool sticker pack at the end – and also has a chance to win a hoodie, T-shirt or mug!

          So far 259 sticker packs have been awarded – click the link to see if your name/username is in the list. If not, read on and find out what you can do, to take part!

        • This week the DocumentFoundation launched the first alpha version of Libre Office 7.0 for Windows, Linux and macOS. This version, launched by the Document Foundation during the first BUG RewardS meeting, allows users to try out the latest version of the latest productivity suite and share any issues they encounter with the development team, which helps the development team polish the application from these early stages of development.

          Libre Office 7.0 is expected to launch in August this year and has made major improvements to each of the productivity suites. One notable improvement in this release is the right. DOCX document import and export filtering greatly improves compatibility with Microsoft Office documents.

      • Education

        • ?
          Nowadays, it is no surprise that a lot of universities, academies, colleges, conservatories, etc. have already implemented open source software in their learning process.

          Open source culture and concepts help students, professors, and communities have a better learning experience, being independent of tech giants that always call the shots, and therefore free to share their ideas and build on the work of others.

          Let’s explore why open source software is so attractive for Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in Europe.

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • License-Review mailing list topics for January 全民彩票网址:

            Continued discussion on the Mulan PSL V2
            Continued discussion on the Cryptographic Autonomy License (Beta 4)
            Resolution of the Vaccine License – Not Approved
            Continued discussion on the BSD-1-Clause [Legacy]
            Resolution of the CasperLabs Open Source License (COSL) – Considered Withdrawn


            Continued discussion on the BSD-1-Clause [Legacy]

            Argument that all that use the license should just be relicensed under the BSD License since multiple identical licenses hinders freedom due to their costs


            Clarification that as a legacy submission, the submitter has no power over the license and that there are significant logistical issues with regards to push a change


      • Programming/Development

        • 全民彩票网址 marks 60 years since ALGOL 60 laid the groundwork for a multitude of computer languages.

          The Register spoke to The National Museum of Computing’s Peter Onion and Andrew Herbert to learn a bit more about the good old days of punch tapes.

          ALGOL 60 was the successor to ALGOL 58, which debuted in 1958. ALGOL 58 had introduced the concept of code blocks (replete with begin and end delimiting pairs), but ALGOL 60 took these starting points of structured programming and ran with them, giving rise to familiar faces such as Pascal and C, as well as the likes of B and Simula.

        • gst-build is one of the main build systems used by the community to develop the GStreamer platform. In my last blog post, I presented gst-build and explained how to get started with it. Now, let’s get straight to the point regarding cross-compilation.

          For this example, we will target an AArch64 CPU for a Xilinx reference board, the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU106 Evaluation Kit. As you’ll see, cross compiling can be very useful when you want to save time when working with GStreamer, or when you want to be able to work on both the host and target with the same base code.

        • Intel’s oneAPI crew just released version 全民彩票网址-03 (though one would have thought it should be 全民彩票网址-05) of their Data Parallel C++ (DPC++) compiler and with this release are several new features including the NVIDIA CUDA back-end.

          This CUDA back-end allows for Data Parallel C++ / SYCL to run atop CUDA-enabled NVIDIA GPUs. This is the compiler work carried out by Codeplay as part of their effort for bringing oneAPI/DPC++/SYCL to NVIDIA GPUs in cooperation with Intel. The heavy lifting is helped in part by DPC++ being built off LLVM and being able to re-use the NVIDIA NVPTX code already within upstream LLVM.

        • Several people have approached me in the past few weeks looking to experience the latest solutions for working with COBOL code on IBM z/OS. At face value, this seems like it should be a simple request. One of the biggest challenges of demonstrating new mainframe technologies is figuring out exactly how to get your hands on an environment. A sandbox system needs to be isolated, so any changes made while exploring won’t break another user. Then there is the logistical hurdle of the amount of time needed to install front-end clients, back-end servers, and perhaps even middleware components. A “simple” proof-of-concept may not be so simple. Enter IBM Z software trials.

          IBM Z trials are available to demonstrate selected solutions. They are free, self-provisioned, sandbox environments that live for three days. Need more time than that? No problem — provision another one after your first trial dies. Trials include all of the necessary pieces from the front-end to the back-end, and they are isolated so users cannot impact one another. And each trial contains multiple scenarios with step-by-step guidance on what to do.

          The solution I turn to for IBM Z DevOps is the IBM Z Open Development Trial, which demonstrates key DevOps technologies using a combination of open source and IBM tools. The user starts by loading COBOL code from a Git repository into IBM Developer for z/OS. After modifying the code, it is built by IBM Dependency Based Build (DBB), and then deployed to z/OS using Jenkins.

        • Python

          • So I have been running multiple APs with the same SSID on separate channels and frequencies and noticed that the clients are really good at switching from a weak 802.11ac signal strength to the stronger but lower speed 802.11n AP station. This is good, however, they don’t seem to be as aggressive in switching back to 802.11ac once they get closer again (unless they turn off or shutdown or restart their network stack since the 802.11n just gets stronger the closer you get). I found an OpenWRT compatible shell script which kicks clients off a given radio depending on their signal strength to the router. I adjusted it to disconnect a client if they start to get too close to the N router as they are likely going to get a good signal strength from the AC AP instead. You can set the AP deauth time (ex 19 seconds), the time between kicking the same client on/off again (ex 31 mins), and it checks for the signal-to-noise ratio to get above a certain amount (ex 45 SNR) before activating on a client!

          • This is a quick guide/tutorial on how to effectively write concurrent programs using Python. Concurrency in Python can be confusing. There are multiple modules (threading, _thread, multiprocessing, subprocess). There’s also the much hated GIL, but only for CPython (PyPy and Jython don’t have a GIL). Collections are not thread safe, except for some implementation details with CPython.

            The objective of this tutorial is to provide down-to-earth recommendations on how to approach each use case of concurrent (or parallel) code.

            You’ll notice that, unlike some other more traditional “multithreading only” Python tutorials, I start with a summary of both Computer Architecture and concepts of Operating Systems. Understanding these basic concepts is fundamental to correctly build concurrent programs. Please skip these sections if you’re already familiar with these topics.

          • Last week the Python Software Foundation (PSF) published the results of the Python Developer Survey 2019. The research was conducted in the fall of 2019 and collected answers from over 24 thousand Python developers from 150+ countries. The Python Developers Survey is an official instrument endorsed by the PSF and serves as a reference to understand what is going on in the Python world.

          • For a small django site I run, I’d like to add nginx caching in front of my django server. Here’s the setup I ended up with.

            The pages I want to cache are available for both anonymous and logged in users. The majority of traffic is from anonymous users and since they all get the same contents I’d like to serve it from the cache. Contents for logged in users should never be cached.

            Because we show different content to logged in users, and therefore check e.g. request.user.is_authenticated, the SessionMiddleware correctly sets a Vary: cookie header.

            As an extra spanner in the works, we use google analytics which adds its own cookies. These aren’t used by the django server but means that even anonymous visitors submit cookies with their request.

          • Lately I have been trying to improve my system administration skills. I needed to monitor some of the running processes. To do that I used psutil module in Python. It is a cross platform module to parse the information about running process. It also provides information on how the system is being utilized. In the area of – CPU, memory, disks, network, sensors. The name psutil is the abbreviation for – process and system utilities. It supports the following platforms…

          • It is an easy task to play sound using Python script, because this language contains many modules to use script in order to to play or record sound. By using these modules, you can play audio files such as mp3, wav, and other audio file types. You must first install the sound module before using the module in the script. This tutorial will show how to install different types of Python modules to play sound.

          • TOML, short for “Tom’s Obvious Minimal Language,” is a relatively new and popular file format that focuses on minimal semantics for writing configuration files. The file format has been created by Tom Preston-Werner, the former CEO of GitHub. As of the time this article was written, the first release candidate of version 1.0.0 has been tagged, so the specification is more or less finalized. This article will give a brief introduction to the TOML file format and describe how this file format can be used in Python applications and scripts.

  • Leftovers

    • In the past several weeks, Meduza has written extensively about the newsroom controversy at Vedomosti, one of Russia’s top business newspapers. Most recently, Meduza published a joint investigation with a handful of other independent news outlets (including Vedomosti itself) about the backroom wheeling and dealing that’s guided the outlet’s ownership for the past five years.

    • It was cancer, not the coronavirus, that took the life of the 87-year-old rock music pioneer known to the world as Little Richard.

    • I’ve always thought basketball the most American of sports. Baseball purports to be the “national pastime,” but it is similar to English cricket, indeed, likely derived from it—though sporting patriots contest the claim. Baseball conjures the American agrarian idyll with its grass field (now often artificial) and a pace of play beyond the tyranny of time: the length of the game is not dictated by a clock but goes on until the last player has had his chance. The longest major league game went for more than eight hours.

      As the most violent of team sports, football might also seem to draw on forces fundamentally “American.” Its ideology is territorial, militaristic. The Market has weighed in the matter, too: the sport has the most fans, and its professional league is the most lucrative in the world.

      But drive across the United States and you’ll see more basketball being played than football, baseball, or soccer. Basketball is the most popular kids sport.

    • In a statement late Friday night, the State Department said it was “happy to announce that Ambassador Stephen J. Akard will now lead the Office of the Inspector General.”

    • Linick, whose ouster was first reported by Politico, played a small role in President Trump’s impeachment, providing documents to lawmakers that had been handed over to the State Department by Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer全民彩票网址.

    • But wait: The “Mourning” ad seems accurate. Online critics wondered whether Facebook—whose handling of misinformation in the 2016 election seemed to benefit the Trump campaign—was doing the White House a favor in censoring the Lincoln ad.

      The truth is not so nefarious but not terribly comforting, either.

      Facebook relies on outside fact-checking organizations to determine the truthfulness of controversial content. These operations choose what stories to vet, either by identifying controversial content or by selecting from a dashboard of popular content provided by Facebook. In this case, Politifact, the fact-checking branch of the nonprofit Poynter Institute, decided to look at the ad, which had instantly garnered a lot of attention.

    • Science

      • As hard as it is to believe, it’s been a month since I’ve written about Didier Raoult and his promotion of the combination of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin as a near-miraculous treatment for COVID-19, fueling its rise as the preferred go-to cure that “they” don’t want you to know about among COVID-19 conspiracy theorists and the right wing media based on various Silicon Valley tech bros picking up on his execrable study and singularly uninformative first study, leading President Trump to tout it as a “game changer.” Raoult’s followup studies since then have been no better, including a case series with no control, which he later expanded. The weakness of the science didn’t stop the FDA from issuing an emergency use authorization (EUA) for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 based on the thinnest of evidence. So, at the end, what we had was an EUA for a drug that had shown almost zero evidence of working, other than studies by a French “brave maverick scientist” and anecdotes, even though the drug could produce substantial cardiac, liver, and retinal toxicity. This was truly a cautionary tale about the dangers of bypassing science- and evidence-based medicine, even during a pandemic, something the FDA also did with remdesivir, issuing an EUA based on a highly questionable study that hadn’t even been published yet (and, two weeks later, still hasn’t).

    • Education

      • New reporting on the Education Secretary’s directing of the money follows concern by a House Democrat that DeVos may be hampering “the response of public 全民彩票官网登录 systems in the states most severely impacted by the coronavirus crisis.”

      • The exams’ implementation appeared to hit many roadblocks. Some students reported on Twitter that secure submission forms didn’t work, and, according to those I spoke to, appeared to be designed without features like auto-submit, so in-progress work was lost if submission timed out. Students reported that the upload procedure rules constrained response time windows, meaning that if they answered the first question quickly, they could not use that extra time on a more difficult second question as they could during the in-person exam. These reported technical issues could have been avoided if the College全民彩票官网登录 Board had postponed the test in order to design a better online exam and provided technical and support resources in advance for disadvantaged students and others struggling with slow [Internet] speeds or who accessed the exams on phones or outdated devices. When confronted on Twitter, a spokesperson for the College全民彩票官网登录 Board said there was no significant problem. He claimed that the majority of students encountered no issues, blamed outdated browsers for errors, then said they had anticipated the technical problems (but didn’t release a troubleshooting guide until Wednesday morning). When some students asked how to submit answers when the online exam failed them, the Board told them to apply to retake the exam in June.

    • Hardware

      • During the last weeks, as for most of us, the communication happens over applications on the PC. For this matter, I use my headphones which cover the ears, have a decent sound quality and a microphone builtin to the cable. It is a pure analog device with a 4 pin jack connector which has the big advantage to also work on my cell phone.


        In the meeting people started complaining about a loud noise. It took me a while to figure out that they complained about me resp. my fan making the noise as the headphones shielded this noise pretty well. I simply muted my mic to get a quick solution. At the same time, I wondered why the microphone placed in the cable of the headphones is so good to pick up the fan’s noise.

        A bit of research turned out that it was the builtin microphone of the laptop which was used all the time and not the one located in the cable. Checking what is going on, I found out that the audio output switches from speaker mode to headphone mode when you plugin the headphone jack but that it does not switch the mic at the same time. You can do that manually, but it switches back to builtin equipment as soon as you pull the headphone plug. That’s not elegant and I thought that there must be a solution to automate the process.

        Searching for the term “howto automatically switch mic from builtin to headphone on linux” I got sound – How do I make Ubuntu select my headset mic as default … as the first hit. Well, I am using openSUSE Leap 15.1 but gave it a shot anyway. And guess what: it was exactly the solution I needed mainly because the person who answered the original question had a very similar, if not even the same hardware.

      • Things are heating up between the US and China全民彩票网址 – the US Department of Commerce is tweaking its export rule to “strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology,” reports Reuters.

        Last year, the Department of Commerce put Huawei on the so-called entity list, which effectively banned US companies from selling hardware and software to Huawei. A ban that was extended into 2021. Today, things got worse as the Commerce Secretary says that Huawei has been able to acquire US tech by buying from foreign producers that use it, circumventing the ban.


        It’s not just TSMC that got caught in the crossfire either, a total of 114 Huawei affiliates have been blacklisted due to national security concerns.

        China全民彩票网址 is already threatening retaliation, including investigations and possible restrictions on Apple, Cisco and Qualcomm, who rely on Chinese factories. It may also suspend the purchase of Boeing planes.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • I went back to work last week. Even though neither I most of my fellow workers are convinced library books are an essential service, the fact that we are once again loaning them out appeals to a certain pretense that they are. This is despite the fact that libraries—both public and academic—are often the first entities to be cut during times of austerity. That in itself, seems to indicate their non-essentialness in the minds of the politicians and their paymasters. Indeed, this might be why so many public libraries across the US are providing some level of curbside service in spite of the risks the COVID-19 pandemic presents. Perhaps if their borrowing statistics are at least equal to those statistics prior to the various quarantine orders, libraries will not suffer as much from the layoffs and cutbacks sure to come in the new fiscal year.

      • Professional soccer in Russia has a return date. The Russian Premier League announced on Friday that it will return to play on June 21, following a decision by the Russian Football Union, the country全民彩票网址’s official governing body of soccer. The games will be played in empty stadiums without fans present.

      • Genetically engineered crops are a form of food imperialism. This technology allows mega-corporations like Bayer/Monsanto to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy the ability of small farmers to survive.

      • Smug assertions of liability in history are often incautious things. They constitute a fruit salad mix: assertions of the wishful thinkers; hopes of the crazed; the quest of genuinely aggrieved generations who feel that wrongs need to be rectified (the Elgin Marbles and transatlantic slavery come to mind). Before you know it, the next historical act will require compensation, the next crime balanced on the ledger of misdeeds. Lawyers will be summoned, writs and briefs drawn up.

      • “A sick and twisted sentiment… Inadequate PPE is not beautiful.”

      • In Italy Facebook and Twitter are not the primary social media apps of Italians generally speaking. More than ever WhatsApp and Instagram are the mobile apps of choice for social media messaging and these apps have been the cause of many fake news stories where local gossip is translated into a media story only later to be discovered as fake. There are even fake animal stories in abundance on social media on Instagram and Twitter and filters on Instagram that made claims to diagnose—and even cure—COVID-19.

      • From her bed in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, Lakesha Lopez wanted to send a message to her staff at the nursing 全民彩票官网下载.

        The 40-year-old director of nursing at Bannister Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care, in Providence, had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. She had pneumonia in both lungs.

      • Yandex has ended a program that offered free 全民彩票官网下载 coronavirus testing in Moscow. Launched on April 20, the Internet giant sent medical professionals to roughly 20,000 全民彩票官网下载s to collect samples for COVID-19 tests. As of Friday, May 15, new applications for 全民彩票官网下载 tests are closed.

      • A recent piece in Foreign Policy (5/12/20) is headed with a photograph of a placard that features an image of a nurse demonstrating the importance of wearing a face mask as both personal and interpersonal protection against the coronavirus. But reader beware: It’s not public education, it’s a “propaganda poster”—because it’s not from New Jersey, but was “seen on a wall in Hanoi.”

      • Hey. I’m Duaa, a reporter with ProPublica Illinois. I was part of the team that reported and wrote the story “The First 100: COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn’t Have To,” which we published last Saturday. If you’ve read it, thank you. If you haven’t, I hope you’ll pull it up on your phone or tablet or however you consume your news, grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Actually, maybe two cups. Now that everyone’s caught up, I’d like to tell you how and why we reported it.

        ProPublica decided early on in the pandemic that investigating the racial disparities around the coronavirus was central to our mission as an organization. Reporters and editors didn’t know how the coronavirus would affect communities of color, but based on what we did know about underlying medical conditions and how structural racism has played out in our health care system — including disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality for black women — we expected communities of color might be hit hardest.

      • “Yet another abdication of duty by those that are entrusted with protecting Americans from needless and preventable harm.”

      • The lesson of COVID-19 is that nature demands respect. If we continue trying to dominate and commodify nature, we will pay dearly. “Rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining and infrastructure development, as well as the exploitation of wild species have created a ‘perfect storm’ for the spillover of diseases from wildlife to people.” So says the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem 全民彩票网址. Aside from ecosystem destruction freeing up viruses to jump to human hosts, we’re breeding dangerous pathogens by confining farm animals to unsanitary facilities. Instead of giving them the natural ingredients of health – sunlight, fresh air, clean water and nutrient-dense food – industrial agribusiness pumps them full of antibiotics so they can still function as four-legged meat factories despite failing health.

      • Conservative governors are now openly at odds with epidemiologists as plans move ahead for more than half the states to loosen social distancing and permit many businesses to re-open this month despite none of them meeting White House Coronavirus Taskforce guidelines.

      • On the morning of May 15, Russian officials announced that the country全民彩票网址 recorded 10,598 new coronavirus infections in the past day (up 4.2 percent from the day before) bringing the nation’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 262,843 patients. The only country全民彩票网址 in the world with more registered coronavirus patients is the United States, where more than 1.4 million people have tested positive for the disease.

      • “The new regulations finalized by USDA, paradoxically named the SECURE rule, are anything but secure.”

      • “We’re helping other nations with billions in aid, and the Navajo are still waiting on aid.”

      • We frequently hear that COVID-19 is the worst pandemic since the influenza of 1918. It is forgotten that another pandemic known as “the third plague” (because it was “the third major bubonic plague outbreak to affect European society”) killed millions from the 1890s to the 1950s in Asia’s southern, southeastern, and eastern regions, continuing well after the 1918 flu was over. It killed an estimated 10 million in India alone.

      • Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte is using the pandemic to crush his opposition—and the U.S. is poised to arm him to the teeth.

      • The severe outbreak of COVID-19 in southern Louisiana was the last straw for a group of sanitation workers who pick up trash in eastern New Orleans. Last week, they walked off the job and went on strike, demanding hazard pay and a $15 living wage.

      • During an event meant to highlight the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers across the country全民彩票网址, President Donald Trump issued out controversial remarks, comparing those workers to soldiers who are “running into death” on the proverbial battlefields of the coronavirus crisis.

      • The United States continues to deport thousands during the coronavirus pandemic, causing a dangerous spread of COVID-19 to Central America and the Caribbean. We speak with Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who says “U.S. deportations to Haiti during coronavirus pandemic are ‘unconscionable,’” and go to Guatemala City for an update from reporter José Alejandro García Escobar.

      • From the start, testing for Covid-19 in the U.S. has been abysmal. Experts agree that without adequate testing, the disease cannot be stopped. Poor testing means no idea how many are infected or how to trace and quarantine their contacts or how to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. There has been speculation that the Trump administration’s puzzling reluctance to test derives from its wish to fudge the numbers of the sick and dying. Well, that reluctance most certainly made the U.S. the plague’s epicenter. We have more Covid-19 infections than any other country全民彩票网址. And our dead are piling up fast.

      • The organization Our World in Data is running an article on the severity of government lockdown policies used to deal with the Covid-19 disease, “How Are Governments Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic?”. It is shows rankings of the severity (“stringency”) on nine measures of lockdown policies throughout the world; it also addresses testing and tracking. A click-able global map showing overall lockdown severity ratings for individual countries can be found here.

      • In the midst of a pandemic like Covid-19, for which there are no FDA-approved drug treatments, hope is important. That’s one reason why remdesivir, an antiviral drug that Gilead Sciences originally made to fight Ebola, has been propelled into the spotlight with the hope that it can stop, or at least curtail, the ravages of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

        Data from the open-label SIMPLE trial, sponsored by Gilead, and the randomized controlled Adaptive Covid-19 Treatment Trial, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, show that remdesivir may accelerate recovery rates among patients with advanced Covid-19. The drug’s modest effects are a far cry from the strong antiviral activity it demonstrated in preclinical primate models of coronavirus (both MERS and SARS-CoV-2). Yet that has been enough for the Food and Drug Administration to grant emergency use authorization for remdesivir and for the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare to approve it for the treatment of Covid-19.

      • The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) said on its website that the FDA had asked it to pause testing while it receives additional authorizations, but maintained its procedures are safe.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Two days ago as part of the GPUOpen relaunch AMD released Radeon Rays 4.0 as their ray intersection library. Unlike the previous Radeon Rays release, however, this new Vulkan-enabled version was not open-source. But now AMD has decided that at least in large part it will be going back to open-source.

              Radeon Rays 4.0 was clearly advertised as not being open-source despite the fact of being part of GPUOpen (alas there are also other closed-source projects part of GPUOpen) but sad considering previously it was open-source.

            • [Ed: Pure openwash]
            • [Ed: Revisionism for E.E.E. tactics]
            • [Ed: They tell us "Open Source" is "trap"... They tell us "Open Source" is "Security" risk... They tell us "Open Source" is "Licensing" nightmare.... Who's "they"? Very often Microsoft and its proxies. Projection tactics.]

              How restrictive is this open source license? Are binaries are available without a subscription requirement? What plug-ins are available? Does the small print hide a trap?

              These days it is clear that open source software is the default choice for development and infrastructure. Whenever you look at programming languages, operating systems, modern database technologies or the whole cloud native space, open source solutions are among the leading choices, writes Peter Zaitsev, CEO and co-founder of database specialist, Percona.

              As there is such a dominant open source position we often see companies marketing their software as “Open Source” even though it does not provide all (or any) of the benefits offered by truly open source software.

        • Security

          • Security updates have been issued by Debian (apt, inetutils, and log4net), Fedora (kernel, mailman, and viewvc), Gentoo (chromium, freerdp, libmicrodns, live, openslp, python, vlc, and xen), Oracle (.NET Core, container-tools:1.0, and kernel), Red Hat (kernel-rt), Scientific Linux (kernel), SUSE (kernel, libvirt, python-PyYAML, and syslog-ng), and Ubuntu (json-c).

          • We’ve been working on so much lately that it’s been a while since our last post so thank you all for being patient.

            We decided that we should start a Python series dedicated to Ethical Hacking that you can use for your penetration tests, so we will start with and introduction to Python modules and go from there.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Every phone has an Android Advertising ID and it can be used to track your phone’s actions – and tied back to your identity. A privacy advocacy group called Noyb – European Center for Digital Rights has filed a legal complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Agency against Google under Europe’s GDPR law. Noyb stands for None of Your Business – and that’s exactly how activists feel about the use of the Android Advertising ID to track Android users. Noyb was started by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems who has filed privacy cases against Google and Facebook in the past and is deservedly highly celebrated in the privacy community.

            • The Senate voted today to give us five more years of pretty much unaltered surveillance. The reauthorization of key spy powers is back on again, after Congressional inaction ran head-on into a global pandemic, allowing these to (briefly) expire. Not that this temporary expiration resulted in any less surveillance. And with this overwhelming vote in favor of resumed spying, it will probably only be a matter of days before a consolidated bill ends up on Trump’s desk. Despite his continual agitation against the “Deep State,” Trump is expected to give these powers his official blessing.

            • I think many of us are going to avoid eating at sit-down restaurants for the foreseeable future, even if governments deem them to be “safe.” However, I find it at least somewhat unnerving to see Governor Jay Inslee in Washington say that in order for a restaurant to offer dine-in services, it will need to keep a log of all diners for 30 days, including their telephone and email contact info.

            • Infamous Israeli malware developer NSO Group is currently being sued by Facebook for using WhatsApp as its preferred attack vector. Malicious links and malware payloads are sent to targets, allowing government agencies — including those in countries with horrendous human rights records — to intercept communications and otherwise exploit compromised phones.

            • Giphy is one of the largest GIF sites on the [Internet], offering tools for creating, sharing, and remixing GIFs. Facebook has already relied on Giphy’s API for sourcing GIFs in its apps for years: Instagram, the main Facebook app, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp all already work with the service. According to Facebook, 50 percent of all of Giphy’s traffic comes from its apps, with half of that coming from Instagram alone.

            • New York-based Giphy had raised around $150 million in VC funding since its 2013 inception, from firms like Betaworks (which incubated the company), Lerer Hippeau, IVP, DFJ Growth, GGV Capital, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Its most recent private valuation was around $600 million.

            • Facebook has a history of trying to learn more about its rivals through data-rich acquisitions. In 2013, it acquired the VPN app Onavo, and later used it to gather data about apps like the messaging platform WhatsApp, which it also bought the next year. Data from Onavo showed that people were sending far more messages a day on WhatsApp than on Facebook Messenger, which helped to justify paying $19 billion for the competing app. Facebook shut down Onavo in 2019, after it was criticized for using code from it to collect data about people as young as 13.

            • The survey is live globally through a partnership with the University of Maryland and is very active in the U.S.

            • Five years later, the Freedom Act is up for renewal this year. When the House of Representatives first considered its renewal in March, they reauthorized the act with a bill that further bolstered the Freedom Act’s limitations on the Patriot Act, according to the Washington Post. With the House’s amendments, the National Security Agency would no longer have the power to obtain Americans’ phone records to aid in terrorism investigations (a practice reportedly discontinued in 2019). There would also be additional protocols in place regarding warrants for cell tower and GPS data.

              On May 13, as the Senate debated the House’s reauthorization bill, one of the most pivotal additional amendments brought to the floor during the Senate’s consideration was an expressed ban on the FBI being able to look at Americans’ web browsing history without a warrant.

            • The US Senate has voted to give law enforcement agencies access to web browsing data without a warrant, dramatically expanding the government’s surveillance powers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

              The power grab was led by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell as part of a reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which gives federal agencies broad domestic surveillance powers. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) attempted to remove the expanded powers from the bill with a bipartisan amendment.

              But in a shock upset, the privacy-preserving amendment fell short by a single vote after several senators who would have voted “Yes” failed to show up to the session, including Bernie Sanders. 9 Democratic senators also voted “No,” causing the amendment to fall short of the 60-vote threshold it needed to pass.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Now that we have had a few days to study the failed, illegal paramilitary incursion by a group of American and Venezuelan mercenaries into Venezuela, some key details have emerged in this incredible story. They reveal the internal dynamics of the fractured, demoralized, and financially corrupt nature of the hardline sectors of the opposition. Much of the information was provided by the former U.S. soldier Jordan Goudreau, hired for “Operation Gideon” by Juan Guaidó himself along with advisors Sergio Vergara, Juan José Rendón, and with the advice of attorney Manuel Retureta, all of whom signed the service plan to launch the paramilitary operation (called “General 全民彩票网址 Agreement”).

      • The U. S. President and his Secretary of State frequently expound about the supposed failings of enemies abroad. Recently they’ve blasted China全民彩票网址’s response to the pandemic, Venezuela’s dictatorship, Cuba’s “slave doctors” overseas, and even Iranian border guards beating up on Afghan migrants. But they’ve been mostly silent about two recent disruptions of the imperialist status quo.

      • Ever since the civil war began in Syria in early 2011, the left has largely ignored the social and economic circumstances that led to a conflict costing over a half-million deaths and the migration—internal and external—of half the population. The tendency was to see Syria as a piece on a global chessboard with “the axis of resistance” fending off attacks from the West. There was lip-service to the idea that Syrians had legitimate grievances against the government early on, but by the end of 2011, the “anti-imperialist” consensus was that the rebels were jihadists interested more in fighting unbelievers than inequality.

      • And most vulnerable among us are forced to pay the price.

      • Corporate media are laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China全民彩票网址, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check.

      • “This country全民彩票网址 is sadly used to seeing horrific events. But what happened Tuesday is beyond words.”

      • On May 12, 2000, the CBS Evening News first reported that over 1,000 American sailors were unwittingly exposed to chemical and biological warfare (CBW) agents in the 1960s and early 1970s as part of secret military experiments to study the vulnerability of US Navy ships to germ warfare attacks. The Pentagon responded to the report by insisting that the sailors “were not exposed to any harmful chemical and biological compound” and they all “were fully informed about the details of each test.” Neither of those claims turned out to be true. Subsequent reports revealed that some of the deadliest biological weapons, including VX and sarin nerve gas, were sprayed over unsuspecting sailors during Project 112 and its offshoot, Project SHAD. For decades, the Pentagon denied the existence of these tests before concluding in the 2000s that there was “no clear evidence” of long-term health problems resulting from them. Veterans —?including some who blame their serious health problems on the tests —?are still waiting for answers over 50 years later.

      • Camus’ novel of a lethal contagion in the North African city of Oran is filled with characters all too recognizable today: indifferent or incompetent officials, short sighted and selfish citizens, and lots of great courage. What not even Camus could imagine, however, is a society in the midst of a deadly epidemic pouring vast amounts of wealth into instruments of death.

      • 22 June 1986.??A world cup quarter-final is about to play out in the Estadio Azteca stadium at the heart of Mexico City.


        Four years earlier Argentina had made the move to occupy the Malvinas/Falkland Islands which, up until that point, had been one of the lingering bastions of the vanishing British Empire. In an attempt to drum up popular support for a government which was flagging against a backdrop of economic stagnation and social decay, the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher launched a war in order to reclaim the islands and galvanize the more noxious instincts of national chauvinism and patriotic fury on the part of an otherwise weary population. It was a war which was fought for the cameras, a depressing spectacle played out not because the Falklands were a significant economic interest to the UK but because of the political capital sought by interested parties and the need of a leader to bask in the irradiating and toxic colours of the imperial flag.

        The Argentine forces were rapidly decimated by the more muscular British army and the rather sordid conflict achieved its ends; that is, it provoked an upswing in reaction among those flag-waving elements in the British population whose frustration, pettiness and lack is always compensated for by the thought of ‘the great nation’ and the destruction of lives in lands faraway. Nevertheless, to the majority of people around the world, the war appeared very much as it was; the exercise of belligerent, arbitrary power on the part of a strong state against a much weaker one – over a territory it had no business with in the first place.

        And this was why the game between England and Argentina felt like something more than a simple football match, was freighted with broader meaning and significance. As Maradona himself revealed, the shadow of the Falklands conflict was cast across the game: ‘Although we had said before the game that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas war, we knew they had killed a lot of Argentine boys there, killed them like little birds’. For the Argentines, and their charismatic and volatile captain, a win here would mean ‘revenge’.

      • + I’m hyped for some ObamaGate action, as long as its about things that matter: health care plan designed by Heritage Foundation, bailing out Wall Street, failing to close Gitmo, droning US citizens, Afghan surge, the jailing of whistleblowers and legal harassment of journalists, the Libyan and Honduran coups, mass surveillance, the funding and arming of proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, record deportations, Deepwater Horizon, new nukes (both power plants and weapons), etc…

      • Some 200 protesters turned out for Thursday’s event, where one demonstrator was seen carrying an American flag with a doll hanging by a noose. The event mirrored a similar protest at the end of April, during which hundreds of protesters — many armed with rifles — entered the Capitol.

      • Tesh allegedly communicated through a social media messenger with an acquaintance, making threats to kill Whitmer and Nessel on April 14. Later that day, the Detroit Police Department arrested Tesh at his 全民彩票官网下载 in Detroit, the release said.

      • The Michigan state legislature called off meetings scheduled to take place on Thursday as demonstrations were set to take place against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-全民彩票官网下载 order.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • In April, an-ex Google employee turned QAnon fan and committed anti-vaxxer named Zach Vorhies was both publicly and privately crafting a plan to get Plandemic to the widest possible audience. In an unlisted YouTube video that circulated in right-wing circles before Plandemic was released, Vorhies discussed his own plan to make the film go viral, which included running Mikovits’ social media accounts: “I know how to run a campaign … so that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to make her famous.” It worked.

    • Environment

      • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak states that her political goal is to rearrange desires. No goal is more pertinent to our present trying time. As Chuck Mertz refrains “the future ain’t what it used to be.” The coronavirus has exposed much of what we knew to be true, but counted on avoiding. What has become plain as day to even the most privileged is that the private market simply doesn’t provide for its workers, I mean people.

      • However you view the argument, nuclear passions run strong. This film gives you a breathless ride through our atomic love affair.

      • “London’s road to recovery cannot be clogged with cars,” says Mayor Sadiq Khan.

      • Energy

        • “This is not the time to invest in dirty energy through federal petroleum purchases.”

        • A more comfortable apartment. Cheaper electricity bills. Your stove cooks faster, your dishwasher washes cleaner, and the lightbulbs look great. Even the food is more delicious!

        • On these two opposing types of responses to the movie “Planet Of The Humans”…

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • In January 全民彩票网址, an estimated 10,000 chickens perished in a fire just west of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The blaze spread quickly after reportedly activating exhaust fans in a poultry house managed by Mountaire Farms. Delaware-based Mountaire, the sixth-largest poultry company in the United States, pumps out tens of millions of pounds of ready-to-eat chicken each week.

      • Overpopulation

        • The issue of birth control is particularly important to me as a woman of color from an immigrant community in Pennsylvania. Beyond my own experience, I also understand the difficulties other marginalized communities face in obtaining this essential health care.

    • Finance

      • Neil Irwin had an interesting New York Times piece on how concerns about moral hazard in the bailout may damage the recovery. The gist of the article is that the fear that bad actors will be wrongly rewarded will prevent us from spending enough money to get the economy back on its feet. Irwin’s point is very important, but it does require some further examination.

      • The California Department of Finance recently projected that the state is facing a $54 billion deficit. There is hope for a bailout from the federal government.

      • That feeling of international solidarity. This pandemic has brought terror in daily life to many, including this 全民彩票官网下载 where a 79 year old with COPD resides. Global calls of “we are all in this together” have served to blunt the bleakness in the face of unprecedented threats to our collective health. However, the initial rush of this solidarity– along with people like Mitt Romney talking about a permanent Universal Basic Income, or multiple European leaders muttering about ignoring sanctions on Iran– has hinted that maybe, just maybe, there is more than rhetoric to the idea that the very best of human beings emerges in times of great crisis.

      • On a hot Sunday afternoon in June 1989, two of the most powerful men in Illinois met to watch a ballgame at Wrigley Field — and, if all went well, to make a deal.

        James R. Thompson, the state’s four-term Republican governor, and Edward Brennan, chairman of Sears, Roebuck & Co., the world’s largest retailer, had been deep in talks for months.

      • In the age of COVID-19, it’s even more obvious than it’s been for at least a couple of decades that capitalism is entering a long, drawn-out period of unprecedented global crisis. The Great Depression and World War II will likely, in retrospect, seem rather minor—and temporally condensed—compared to the many decades of ecological, economic, social, and political crises humanity is embarking on now. In fact, it’s probable that we’re in the early stages of the protracted collapse of a civilization, which is to say of a particular set of economic relations underpinning certain social, political, and cultural relations. One can predict that the mass popular resistance, worldwide, engendered by cascading crises will gradually transform a decrepit ancien régime, although in what direction it is too early to tell. But left-wing resistance is already spreading and even gaining the glimmers of momentum in certain regions of the world, including—despite the ending of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign—the reactionary United States. Over decades, the international left will grow in strength, even as the right, in all likelihood, does as well.

      • After years of failing to find new buyers on the open market, the Russian state corporation Rostec plans to supply Red Wings Airlines with as many as 60 “Sukhoi Superjet 100” aircraft over the next several years, three sources told the newspaper Vedomosti.?

      • An analysis of the paycheck guarantee proposal showed it would cost less than what Congress has already appropriated for its flawed small business loan program.

      • This project is the result of a collaboration between the Daily Herald and the Local Reporting Network of ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative outlet.

        To report this story, the Daily Herald and ProPublica reviewed thousands of pages of state and local records obtained under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, lawsuit and bankruptcy court filings, and internal Sears documents. We also interviewed state and local officials, economic development experts and people with knowledge of the Sears deal.

      • An Omaha, Nebraska-based private jet company whose principal owner donated generously to Donald Trump and Republicans ahead of the 2016 election received $20 million in taxpayer aid from the federal bailout package passed in March.

        Jet Linx Aviation, which caters to well-to-do CEOs and executives, was the second private plane company founded or owned by Trump donors to receive federal funds designated for the airline industry under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. CNBC reported on Thursday that Clay Lacy Aviation, a Van Nuys, California-based private jet company whose founder has given nearly $50,000 to the Republican National Committee and Trump, got $27 million in federal funds.

      • House Democrats’ newest coronavirus relief proposal would allow influential Washington lobbying groups — funded by deep-pocketed corporations — to access forgivable small business loans.

      • I read Mike Davis’ tour de force,?The Monster Enters?(O/R Books), when I was sick and in bed and thought that I might have COVID-19. Originally published in 2005, the book has just been reissued with a new, nifty wham bam introduction that lays the blame for the current pandemic where it rightfully belongs on the doorstep of the noxious nexus that has brought about monstrous slums, industrial farming, corrupt political regimes and the failure of public health services in the U.S. and many other countries in the world.

      • In this time of pandemic and quarantine, there is power in exploring the ways that past generations have confronted rising tides of fascism and crisis. For 100 years, communists, socialists, anarchists, anti-colonialists, and other revolutionaries have made films that attempt to intervene in their moment, to not just tell stories, but lift up silenced voices and imagine better futures. Together, they form an underground history of the 20th and 21st centuries. The films in this list were made by radical and visionary artists; many of them wanted to both overthrow capitalism and transform cinema.

      • For education “disruptors” like Bill Gates and Betsy DeVos, COVID-19 isn’t a crisis—it’s an opportunity.

      • Among the toxic contributors to the financial crisis of 2008, few caused as much havoc as mortgages with dodgy numbers and inflated values. Huge quantities of them were assembled into securities that crashed and burned, damaging 全民彩票官网下载owners and investors alike. Afterward, reforms were promised. Never again, regulators vowed, would real estate financiers be able to fudge numbers and threaten the entire economy.

        Twelve years later, there’s evidence something similar is happening again.

      • Securities that contain loans for properties like hotels and office buildings have inflated profits, the whistleblower claims. As the pandemic hammers the economy, that could increase the chances of another mortgage collapse.

      • Staffers who helped develop Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s?widely-praised climate policy during his 全民彩票网址 presidential run are now calling on congressional Democrats to adopt the bold initiatives included in the plan to make a shift to a renewable energy economy within coronavirus relief?legislation.

      • “It’s time for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis.”

      • There’s only one group that benefits handsomely from the COBRA proposal: The health insurance industry.

      • “No one in this country全民彩票网址 should be afraid to go to the doctor because of the cost—especially during a pandemic.”

      • (Includes a Discomfort Foods recipe, and the words in bold inspire it)

      • With the leadership of the U.S. Postal Service soon to be completely under the control of President Donald Trump’s appointees, the agency has reportedly launched a review of its package prices and bulk delivery contracts as it faces the possibility of imminent collapse due in large part to the coronavirus crisis.

      • “President Trump’s clear intent is to raise prices and force a crisis at the Post Office so that his political benefactors at the corporate shippers can increase their company profits at the expense of the people.”

      • The stimulus bill known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27. Among its many features (such as direct checks to struggling Americans and enhancing unemployment compensation by $600 per week for four months to unemployed workers so they could pay their rent and buy food) the bill also carved out a dubious $454 billion (or 25 percent of the total $1.8 trillion spending package) for the U.S. Treasury to hand over to the Federal Reserve. This was the Faustian Bargain the Democrats had to agree to in order to get the deal approved by the Wall Street cronies in the Senate.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Lisa Savage is running for Senate in the state of Maine, against Republican incumbent, Susan Collins. Lisa is long-time antiwar and environmental organizer, as well as being a public 全民彩票官网登录 teacher and a grandmother. Although she has been an active member of the Green Party, Lisa is running as an independent candidate due to restrictive ballot access laws in Maine. The state does, however, boast the advantage of having ranked choice voting, which gives independent candidates a better shot.

      • The Russian government has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands against a ruling by the Hague Court of Appeal ordering Moscow to pay $50 billion to the former shareholders of the oil company Yukos, according to an announcement from Russia’s Justice Ministry on Friday.

      • The Washington Post and other generally reliable sources of Washington (or is it Wilmington?) scuttlebutt report that Kamala Harris’s chances of becoming Joe Biden’s running-mate are on the rise. She wiped the floor with that doddering doofus in the debates, but they say that he doesn’t care anymore. More likely, he doesn’t remember.

      • Our response here in Congress must match the true scale of this devastating crisis. The Heroes Act—while it contains many important provisions—simply fails to do that.

      • “This unprecedented crisis needs us to show leadership today, not tomorrow.”

      • Bill Barr is covering up for Donald Trump.

      • This week on CounterSpin: From targeted “voter ID” laws to purging people from the rolls to fighting vote by mail, Republicans are making ever-bolder attempts to suppress voting—expanding the franchise doesn’t work in their favor, Donald Trump unabashedly stated recently. It’s a patently anti-democratic project by definition, but corporate media’s business-as-usual, partisan framing reduces a struggle over a fundament of societal participation to jockeying between elephants and donkeys. It’s a failure of the greatest magnitude, and no amount of ponderous, prize-winning books written in the aftermath will substitute for tough reporting done now to protect the integrity of the vote going into one of the most monumental presidential elections in the country全民彩票网址’s history. We’ll talk about that with Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, and a senior reporter on the voting rights beat at Mother Jones.

      • During the five weeks since Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign, many fervent supporters have entered a “WTF?” space. The realities of disappointment and distress aren’t just about dashed hopes of winning the presidential nomination. Much of the current disquiet is also due to a disconnect between choices made by the official Sanders campaign in recent weeks and his statement on April 8 that “we must continue working to assemble as many delegates as possible at the Democratic convention, where we will be able to exert significant influence over the party platform and other functions.”

      • From the beginning of this pandemic, the response of our elected officials has prioritized private profits over saving lives.

      • “The Lancet isn’t playing. They want Trump out.”

      • “An actual quote by the sitting president of the United States.”

      • A few weeks ago, in one of his many branding brainstorms during this COVID-19 crisis, President Trump started calling himself a “wartime” president who was valiantly leading the country全民彩票网址 in the battle against “the invisible enemy.” This was rolled out like a campaign slogan, indicating that it was part of a planned strategy to put Trump at the center of the response to the pandemic.

      • The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a case that could shape the outcome of future presidential elections. The question at hand was whether Electoral College全民彩票官网登录 members can “go rogue” and support candidates who did not win the state’s popular vote. In 2016, one of Colorado’s nine electors, Michael Baca, attempted to cast his Electoral College全民彩票官网登录 ballot for Republican John Kasich instead of Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Colorado secretary of state at the time — a Republican — removed Baca as an elector. Colorado is one of 31 other states that has a law requiring presidential electors to vote for the candidate who wins the state’s presidential election popular vote. Baca sued Colorado, and the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled his removal was unconstitutional. The case reached the Supreme Court this week. We speak with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who says, “What is at stake in this case is the foundation of our democracy.”

      • “This coalition of the business elite, right-wing Christian evangelicals, and white nationalists and other white supremacists is very dangerous. Fascism is ultimately a death cult.” – Jason Stanley , May 11, 全民彩票网址

      • American democracy is broken. Here’s how to fix it.

      • Independent observers and analysts should understand the strength of the allegations of misconduct, which could trigger criminal liability. Indeed, it is valuable to identify any credible complaints of official wrongdoing, and separate those from Trump’s deceptive and deliberately false accusations.

        As for practitioners who are engaged in countering disinformation, they should consider how this foreseeable outcome of one or more criminal indictments will be used by Trump, his Attorney General Bill Barr, and the Director of National Intelligence (whether Rick Grenell or John Ratcliffe) to conflate truth and falsehoods. Indeed, the failure to have appreciated the seriousness of the allegations will bolster Trump and his surrogates’ disinformation campaign. It will be used to discredit analysts. They will be accused of dishonesty and bias, not just of an analytic oversight. More Americans will be encouraged to think of Trump and his political loyalists as validated sources of information. And the public will be left with even less ability to sort fact from fiction.

        Indeed, a well-orchestrated disinformation tactic, pioneered by Soviet intelligence, would involve the following steps: [...]

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Earlier this week I wrote about the official Facebook Oversight Board and why everyone hates it because everyone hates everything having to do with Facebook. As I noted, I don’t think it will have much of an impact one way or the other, but I do think it’s an interesting experiment in moving at least some moderation controls away from an internet company.

      • Suing private companies over their alleged trampling of First Amendment rights is rarely going to go anywhere. That’s not stopping people from trying. Again and again and again. Some of these plaintiffs aren’t even represented by Larry Klayman.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • In the last 500 days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has handed out 2,755 state awards. In part two of its investigation into Russia’s awards system, the website Open Media breaks down what these awards are actually for and who they went to, in numbers. Here are the key takeaways.?

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • In 1863, John Stuart Mill posited the utilitarian principle as the foundation of ethics. Even today this lets us weigh actions morally: the more happiness an action promotes, the more upright it is. But if this simple calculus allows us to determine the greatest good for the greatest number of people, then how do we fare?

      • ‘Heinous racism,’ is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon.

      • Every morning for the last two months, I’ve checked the news in my 全民彩票官网下载 state of Florida with growing concern.

      • “Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration have shown, once again, that they have no interest in supporting student survivors and their rights.”

      • How deep does American racism go?

      • A random pedestrian spit on a 26-year-old woman on her way to the gym in her San Francisco neighborhood. In New York, a stranger chased and struck down a woman who appeared to be of Asian descent. And in Texas, a man stabbed a family of three at a store because he thought they were Chinese Americans spreading the coronavirus.

      • A military spouse’s perspective on fighting this pandemic.

      • Advocates say the extreme restrictions on movement are punitive and dangerous.

      • I was excited to read The Universal Kinship, a 1906 book by John Howard Moore, which argues the ethical implications of Darwinism is some form of animal liberation. Unfortunately, the text is marred by the pseudo-scientific racism that seems to have been popular at the time.

      • Whatever the political back-and-forth over whether or not the current pandemic was predictable, what was predictable was the bipartisan response to it. The first instinct of the Trump administration, just like the Obama administration before it, was to secure the wealth of the rich through bailouts and special privileges and leave the rest of us to figure things out on our own. Some governors in hard hit states stepped up— mostly late and without adequate resources. It seems that political proximity to the little people was the determinant factor.

      • In two months now, 36.5 million jobless workers have filed for compensation, more than one of every five employees in the U.S. labor force of more than 164 million.

        The government last week said the official April unemployment rate was 14.7%, but key Trump administration economic officials say it likely is higher and could approach 25% in the coming weeks. The government says the national economy dropped 4.8% in the first quarter, but that was before the full impact of the pandemic became apparent.

      • Police claim they announced themselves before using some type of battering ram to force their way in, but witnesses say the police did not identify themselves as police officers. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, says he believed they were being robbed and fired a gun at police, striking one officer in the leg. Police responded with a hail of gunfire. The police shot Taylor, who was unarmed, at least eight times, killing her. They then arrested and charged Walker with attempted murder of a police officer.

        The police say they were looking for evidence against a suspect in an ongoing narcotics [sic] investigation. That suspect lives 10 miles away from Taylor’s 全民彩票官网下载. No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Canadians already pay some of the highest prices for mobile data in the developed world thanks to limited competition and feckless regulators. With COVID-19 forcing everybody to stay at 全民彩票官网下载, rural Canadians are now being pummeled with even higher bills than ever before. Especially those in rural areas forced to use capped, throttled, and otherwise restricted wireless lines as their primary connections:

      • The Epic Store is still around, still rocking its exclusivity deals with game publishers, and is still trying really hard to unseat Valve’s Steam as the dominant PC gaming platform of choice. Truthfully, the news about the ongoing battle between Steam and Epic has sort of quieted down. That ultimately is probably not a good sign for Epic. If there is unseating to be done, it’s going to have to be done loudly, publicly, and with much coverage in the press.

    • Monopolies

      • Pharmaceutical corporations make billions providing drugs to help improve some people’s lives, in much the same way that privately-run hospitals provide care to those who can afford to pay. But Big Pharma is not a caring industry. Big Pharma has done some truly despicable things over the past hundred years or so. This is why Big Pharma and the management of our health should not remain in the hands of huge corporations. It is high time that we bring vital private health industries under democratic public ownership. This is the only way to remove the perverse financial incentives that places profit before human need.

      • Supercomputers in Europe being used to research Covid-19 were [attacked] this week, according to several laboratories. Some of the computers remain offline following the attack.

        Supercomputers in Switzerland, Germany, and the U.K. were affected. It’s not clear if the attacks were linked or who was behind them.

        Supercomputers can assist in researching Covid-19 and other maladies by running simulations to study the disease’s effect on cells and to gain further insight on potential treatments.

        Several affected labs said that only the login portal to the supercomputers were affected, not the machinery that runs the computations. That could mean that an attacker was seeking to breach the system in order to steal research or to disrupt the progress of researchers, according to an employee of one of the supercomputing sites, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

      • The NML Review is provided (and needed) because “[c]ommercial-scale copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting cause significant financial losses for U.S. right holders and legitimate businesses, undermine critical U.S. comparative advantages in innovation and creativity to the detriment of American workers, and pose significant risks to consumer health and safety.” The Review provides “prominent and illustrative examples” of markets that “engage in or facilitate substantial piracy or counterfeiting.” The goal of disclosing these markets in the Review is to “motivate appropriate action by the private sector and governments to reduce piracy and counterfeiting.” The listed countries and markets “exemplify global counterfeiting and piracy concerns and because the scale of infringing activity in these markets can cause significant harm to U.S. intellectual property (IP) owners, consumers, legitimate online platforms, and the economy.”

      • Patents

        • For several years, Sigma Aldrich has been prosecuting several applications (including USSNs 15/188,911; 15/188,924; and 15/456,204) claiming CRISPR technology that (it alleged) would be deserving of an interference with University of California’s U.S. Application Nos. 15/9547,718 and 15/981,809, and reserving the right to supplement its request to include other patents and patent applications owned by the University of California Berkeley et al. (collectively “CVC”) as well as those of owned by The Broad Institute and colleagues (see “Sigma-Aldrich Wants Its Piece of CRISPR Pie” and “Sigma-Aldrich Tries Again”). Such an interference, if declared, threatened to upset the CVC/Broad apple cart regarding CRISPR-Cas-9 patent ownership, Sigma–Aldrich alleging an earlier priority date than the Broad’s earliest date and 3-7 months after CVC’s earliest date:

          However, the U.S. Patent Examiner had taken the position that Sigma-Aldrich was not entitled to a Declaration of Interference until it had obtained allowed claims, and that CVC’s earlier patent dates prevented such an allowance unless, inter alia, Sigma-Aldrich could swear behind the earlier patent application filing dates. With significant justification, Sigma-Aldrich characterized this situation as a Catch 22 in view of the seemingly contradictory conclusion arrived at by both Patent Trial and Appeal Board (see “PTAB Decides CRISPR Interference — No interference-in-fact” and “PTAB Decides CRISPR Interference in Favor of Broad Institute — Their Reasoning”) and Federal Circuit (see “Regents of the University of California v. Broad Institute, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2018)”).

        • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a robot or
          machine that thinks like humans and
          mimics actions of human cognition such as speech,
          perception, vision, and even decision making. AI has already
          started affecting the legal sphere including the Intellectual
          Property laws for which Patent offices are now facing challenges in
          various ways. The issue of patent protection for AI is in the
          process of getting resolved and new guidelines are being issued to
          process AI-related inventions. Curiously, the question of AI as an
          inventor became a point of discussion, when two patent applications
          EP 1875163 and EP 18275174, also known as DABUS patents, were filed
          in EPO naming AI as an inventor.

          While thousands of AI-related patent applications are being
          filed all over the globe, the two AI-related DABUS patent
          applications filed with AI as an inventor remained unnoticed until
          their examination. The two patent applications directed towards a
          beverage container and a flashing device gained more popularity
          when got embroiled in a curious legal situation. Given that AI
          systems can think when fed with a theory of mind rather than a
          pre-programmed consequence engine, the theory of mind
          enables AI systems to create invention on
          its own without human intervention or assistance. Thus, AI-enabled
          全民彩票网址 are being developed in such a way, that they are capable
          of creating inventions without human intervention. That being the
          situation some experts believe that such AI related inventions
          should get patent rights for the created invention.

        • AI legal specialists debated how companies will manage if 全民彩票网址 continue to be refused patent inventorship

        • With an increasing number of European patents being granted year on year, freedom to operate for third parties has never been so important. When a patent application is filed at the European Patent Office (EPO), upon grant it becomes a bundle of national patents and subject to national patent laws. For third parties looking to clear the way, this can prove very complicated. Different countries may have differences in national laws and invalidation procedures which may lead to different outcomes.

          The EPO offers an efficient and cost effective post grant opposition procedure, whereby within nine months of grant a third party can centrally challenge the European patent. If successful, the patent is then revoked (or amended) across all countries in which it is in force. Oppositions can therefore avoid the potential inconsistency of challenging patents nationally and at a fraction of the price. The official fee for filing an EPO opposition is currently 815 EUR, with attorney fees typically in the tens of thousands of EUR, as opposed to hundreds of thousands or even millions for national litigation.

          The statistics on opposition outcomes at the EPO are also generally favourable to the challenger, with just over two thirds of patents opposed either being revoked or amended.

      • Trademarks

        • The parties in this case have been fighting in federal court over trademark rights for almost 20 years; and in three separate actions.

          The petition before the U.S. Supreme Court involves “defense preclusion” –asking when a defendant in a subsequent action will be precluded from raising a defense that was or could-have been raised in the prior action. In its decision, the Supreme Court explained that there is no special doctrine of defense preclusion, but rather the courts should apply the general rules of claim preclusion and issue preclusion.

          The first litigation ended in a settlement. During the second litigation, Lucky Brand raised the prior settlement as a reason to dismiss, but the court denied the motion-to-dismiss without prejudice (thus not “on the merits”). The second litigation was then decided on other grounds. In the third litigation Lucky Brand again raised the prior settlement as a defense, and Marcel argued that it was precluded. In its analysis, the Supreme Court focused on whether the third litigation involved the “same claim” as the second; and whether it mattered.

        • The Greek Trademark Office (TMO) will no longer be competent to reject a Greek trademark application on relative grounds; only absolute grounds will be considered. However, as is also the case with the EUIPO, the TMO will notify trademark owners if a similar later application is filed. The owner will then have the right to file an opposition.

      • 全民彩票官网下载

        • The arrest was made in a Taiwan-U.S. collaboration involving intelligence sharing between the CIB’s Telecommunications Investigation Corps and Washington-based Motion Pictures Association (MPA), reported CNA. This has led to the shutdown of around a hundred pirate streaming websites.

        • Disney’s overly aggressive copyright bullying strikes again. Apparently, Disney has decided that if Disney can’t run Club Penguin in a way that people want to use it, then no one should be able to run Club Penguin, and so the company has used the DMCA to takedown a fan server.

        • Club Penguin Online, an unlicensed revival of the popular Disney-owned children’s social network, is one of the largest fan replicas of the game, accruing over 8 million users over the last two years. In a now-removed blog from this week, Club Penguin Online wrote that the game would no longer be running “after May 全民彩票网址” as the result of a copyright claim. The notice, which is available in full through the nonprofit Lumen Database, says the site “is an unauthorized version of the Club Penguin game and contains infringing copyrighted content.”

        • Since then, unofficial clones of the website have been operated by fans. These private servers were launched using stolen or copied source code, and can easily be found by children searching the [Internet].

          Club Penguin Online is the largest of the social network’s unofficial clones. It says its popularity has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic and now has seven million registered players.

        • Directive 2004/48/EC (the Enforcement Directive) allows rightsholders to obtain, from intermediaries, information concerning infringers. But what kind of information can be requested? The District Court of the Hague addressed the question in a recent decision, ruling inter alia on the compatibility of such a request with Regulation 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation, commonly known as GDPR).

          The decision [here] is of particular interest because a closely related question is currently pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in C-264/19 Constantin Film Verleih [here]. Advocate General (AG) Saugmandsgaard ?e recently issued his opinion in that case, [here, Katpost here], finding that “names and addresses” in Article 8(2)(a) Enforcement Directive is limited to names an physical addresses, thus excluding e-mail addresses or phone numbers.

          The Hague district court, however, ordered the internet service provider (ISP) to also disclose the infringing users’ e-mail addresses. Let’s take a closer look to see why.


          Within the context of the Enforcement Directive, “minimum harmonisation” is commonly understood to mean a base level of enforcement possibilities for IPR holders, which Member States may expand. Some authors believe this to mean that safeguards for infringers may be overruled by Member States wishing to strengthen rightholders’ positions at their expense. I believe this view to be flawed as it would render meaningless the balance struck by the Enforcement Directive between various competing interests. The safeguards that the Enforcement Directive provides to infringers constitute ceilings to allowable enforcement of IP rights.

          However, if this latter view is correct, one wonders to what extent the balance struck in Article 8(2) Enforcement Directive likewise places a ceiling on “rights to receive fuller information” under Article 8(3). Presumably, Member States could not enact legislation that allows rightholders to claim any information they desire: some limits must exist. Indeed, the referring court in Constantin Film noted that provision of personal data beyond “names and addresses”, as mandated by Article 8(2) Enforcement Directive, implicates the users’ right to privacy. If the phrase “names and addresses” in Article 8(2) reflects the balance between IP rights and privacy, then how can national laws provide for further-reaching disclosure obligations that would upset this balance?

        • In a video report on piracy habits during the coronavirus pandemic published by the BBC this morning, The Pirate Bay is presented as an example of a site being utilized by pirates. However, the news organization inadvertently showed the wrong URL which, when visited, triggers malware warnings due to the claimed presence of a trojan.

        • The inner workings of scene release groups are shrouded in secrecy. While they are private by design, their names are well-known to millions of people. This includes TRUMP, a new group that has released hundreds of TV-shows in recent months, promising to bring the “best from the US.” While it’s not clear whether this is a political message, TRUMP now faces a new rival group going by the name HILLARY.


Turning 13.5 Years and Soon 30 Years Combined (With Tux Machines)

Posted in Site News at 8:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Tall cake

Summary: With about 30,000 pages in the site we’re turning 13.5 this week (or last week, depending on what date counts as our ‘epoch’)

THIS WEEK is a little special. Not sentimental; maybe just a little noteworthy.

On the 7th of November 2006 this site was registered and 6 days later the opening sentence of the site said that “[t]he way to communicate with a corporation is economically.”

Up until 2010 we led a campaign of boycott against Novell (we were also named accordingly) because, as the opening post stated: “It is unacceptable behavior on Novell’s part to legitimize and participate in Microsoft’s FUD campaign, and to violate the very license that allows them to distribute the community’s work in the first place.”

“Google’s estimate of number of indexed pages is at 29,700 right now.”Currently, the number of published posts is 27,211, putting aside site pages, wiki pages, Drupal side (tailored for new visitors) and various objects like videos. Google’s estimate of number of indexed pages is at 29,700 right now. If one adds things like PDFs, text files, index pages and so on that sort of makes sense. We’re thoroughly indexed going all the way back to the site’s genesis. Not all pages are equal. IRC logs, for example, aren’t the same as a long articles and Daily Links aren’t original material but merely news clippings, sometimes with editorial comments attached to them. Last week we finally reached the point where our WordPress database (text only) exceeded 1 gigabyte as compressed file. We make nightly backups (the site is hardly accessible when that happens).

“Last week we finally reached the point where our WordPress database (text only) exceeded 1 gigabyte as compressed file.”Depending on what one considers the birthday (whether the registration or the first post), right now we’re somewhere in between the special day. Our , so a few months from now we’ll have a combined lifetime of 30 years, not thirteen.

At the moment we’re seeing a big growth in traffic (180GB in the past half-week and it’s quite normal), we’re getting more help/participation, our backup system now spans 3 countries/continents, and we’re preparing/coaching an intern, who will hopefully be able to participate very soon. As an aside, we have some regulars in our IRC channel who are SUSE developers. Novell as a company perished a whole decade ago (time flies) and we can partly leave behind this baggage of SUSE (it was S.u.S.E. before Novell took over it and disgraced the brand, sadly associating it with Microsoft).

Number of Techrights Posts Per Month (2006-全民彩票网址)

Posted in Site News at 12:00 am by Guest Editorial Team

Techrights Posts Per Month
Reproduce with: sed 's/[\t ][\t ]*/ /g' < techrights-posts.txt | cut -d' ' -f2,4 > techrights-numbers.txt && gnuplot -p -e 'plot "./techrights-numbers.txt" with linespoints linetype 1 pointtype 2 linecolor 10'

Summary: Techrights peaked about a decade ago in terms of activity, but we’ve been growing again despite the “social control media” hype, which may be waning


Turning 13.5 and Why We’re Needed in the Age of Misinformation and PR as ‘News’

Posted in Site News at 9:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Web in January 全民彩票网址

Tim Schwab on Gates
Yesterday’s remark from Tim Schwab, who closely studied these matters

Summary: Now that many if not most news sites are in the business of selling something (not information but agenda) our work here is needed more than ever; we’re turning 13.5 this week

THIS WEEK we turn 13.5 years. I was 24 when the site started, working towards finishing my Ph.D. thesis at the time.

Shane and I met in Digg.com — a site many consider to be the first real “social network”. The idea of Boycott Novell was his and he wanted me, a SUSE user at the time, to join him. I soon did. Believe it or not, back then in 2006 the site’s theme was more or less identical to what it is today (we’ve tweaked it a little since) and mostly the scope expanded. From writing short posts without pictures we soon evolved — seeing a sharp growth in traffic — to long form, complete with pictures and lots of additional stuff. By 2008 we already needed to leave shared hosting and have our own virtual machine. Nowadays we have a dedicated physical server, albeit shared with Tux Machines.

“Last month we modernised the site at the back end by adopting containers.”Over the weekend, despite not publishing much (new articles), we still delivered an average of over 2GB of traffic per hour. We actually saw an increase this past year and since the pandemic began we’ve seen no noticeable difference. We carry on going.

Last month we modernised the site at the back end by adopting containers. That also meant some upgrades and we now have a more stable system which should have fewer and shorter downtimes. Last week we spent a number of hours updating the Wiki, bringing more of it up to date (to the extent feasible). Many EPO insiders (and outsiders alike, to a lesser degree) use the wiki as an index of news about their workplace. We totally support EPO staff in the face of Campinos/Battistelli tyranny. Oddly enough, we’ve been focused on this issue since the summer of 2014, which means almost half the lifetime of this site. Last year, after working on workflow improvements, we returned to covering Free software and software freedom perils on a more frequent basis. It was long overdue, considering the age of the entryism, including the abduction of GitHub in 2018.

“In terms of stability, we’re doing alright and our morale is high.”Today, or overnight, I am toiling or hacking on some code, trying to make things more efficient; anything that can be automated, e.g. IRC logging (and generation of HTML logs), is being increasingly automated. That leaves us more time for writing. A decade ago we managed to produce about 10 daily posts, on average, but with a full-time job (to pay the bills) I cannot do that anymore. Looking over at Phoronix, Michael too seems to be struggling somewhat. Aside from the fact there’s not as much stuff to cover (the pandemic means fewer announcements are made), his wife recently lost her job, months ago they had their first baby, and the economy in general went down the toilet. This sort of ‘downturn’ is guaranteed to kill a large number of Web sites, as every recession does. The same is true for businesses of all sorts. We still don’t know when — if ever — we can go back to the gym. Life may never feel the same after this pandemic. “Consumer confidence” as they call it hit rock bottom; people feel reluctant to spend money and more importantly they don’t feel safe enough going outside, except for essential tasks like food-buying. People don’t want to get ill, either, knowing that hospital wards are already full and may be too contaminated to be worth the risk (going to the hospital for non-critical issues may be more dangerous than staying 全民彩票官网下载 because of risk of contracting something else). As it stands, cancer diagnosis rates have gone down, quite likely due to reduced capacity to screen and detect. So there’s an inadvertent and indirect death toll, too. Historians may assess that one day.

In terms of stability, we’re doing alright and our morale is high. Many people out there are starting to lose their sanity (various factors contribute to this) and boredom leads people to that the online “conspiracy industry” can reaffirm. Back in February we wrote about the role of envy (when empires decline or altogether fall it’s easy to become jealous of those who pick up the pieces, inheriting what was built).

Please be very well aware that the Web is becoming polluted with unbacked conspiracy theories; we’re almost embarrassed to see some of the people who link to Techrights, distorting what we actually said. We gave some examples before. We’re more strict than ever about fact-checking and some articles take weeks to write because of the research they require. We’re hardly being bashed online anymore and that’s a positive sign. We intend to keep it that way.

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