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Yeah, I’m a huge fan of the web site, especially as a Western person who would like to see reporting from a non-Western perspective


Hopefully we’ll see more driver developers pick up Rust


This seems unfairly targeted at China at first, but they are unique in their combination of the middle-class population and their national carbon goals


> What is happening in Indonesia is part of a recurring global pattern in countries where battery materials are abundant. Local residents in Chile, Argentina, Congo, and elsewhere complain of environmental destruction, and dangerous or exploitative working conditions. The RLS study’s authors argue that it is crucial to look at the material footprint of the EV industry against the promised decrease in carbon emissions. In the Global South, where most of the raw materials for EV batteries are sourced, “the rising demand for electric vehicles is threatening to worsen existing injustices in the extractive industry,” they wrote.  > >And while these places bear the brunt of the immediate environmental fallout, they are not set to benefit the most from the extraction and manufacturing of rare earth minerals — areas mostly dominated by Chinese businesses.

Weird, I’ve been using 1.2, 1.5 and 2.0 scale with sway (wlroots) for a while now

So, is this announcement for something new? Or this standardizing/stabilising something that has already been working (in potentially a different / non-standard way) so far?


I think the point being made here is not against you, but against the privilege that professional athletes in Western countries enjoy

It is normal for them to exist in a space where they can say very basic things about human rights

And yet, it is normal for others (e.g. citizens of Qatar, but also billions of other humans on earth) to exist in spaces where human rights are not allowed to be discussed


> It remains to be seen whether innovations like these can really get the concrete industry to a place where it emits no net carbon dioxide. Yet industry observers and insiders alike find plenty of room for optimism, if only because the momentum for change has built so rapidly. Remember, says Andrew, that as recently as a decade ago there seemed to be no feasible, climate-friendly alternatives to Portland cement at all. The stuff was cheap, familiar, and had a huge infrastructure already in place—hundreds of quarries, thousands of kilns, whole fleets of trucks fanning out to deliver pre-mixed concrete slurry to building sites. “So for a long time, decarbonizing cement production was in the ‘too hard’ basket,” he says. > > Yet today, says Bohan, “because of this intense attention to the climate issue, people are now going back and saying, ‘Wow, we didn’t realize all these options were available.’”

I’ve been using https://github.com/TrackerControl/tracker-control-android which is effectively the same thing, just open-source (there’s an F-Droid link there if you don’t like Google Play)


The Framework is the most exciting laptop I’ve ever broken – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow
> Entropy is an unavoidable fact of life. "Just don't drop your laptop" is great advice, but it's easier said than done, especially when you're racing from one commitment to the next without a spare moment in between. > > Framework has designed a small, powerful, lightweight machine – it works well. But they've also designs a computer that, when you drop it, you can fix yourself. That attention to graceful failure saved my ass.

The Age of PageRank is Over | Kagi Blog
> Over the years, the web deteriorated to the state it is in now - a highly destructive force. Much of the damage is driven by the monetization of users and every aspect of their lives. Enterprises capture our preferences, our friends, our families, the information we consume, and the information we create. They manage and maximize for their benefit our preferences, our opinions, our purchases, and our relationships. The web can poison individual opinions, freedoms, and political and social institutions. It steals from us, addicts us, and harms us in many ways.

I think Poettering’s assumption here, which I agree with, is that it’s difficult to produce software without bugs, and it’s even difficult to patch those bugs without ever introducing new bugs

But, let’s pretend that we’ve accomplished this and never have to fix any bugs: we’ll still have to update firmware and other software components when a new CPU or other device needs to be supported

Although, admittedly, a user might not decide to install a hardware-enablement update if they know in-advance that they’ll never upgrade their hardware or plug in a new device


Netfilter Workshop 2022 summary (nftables, etc)
> This is my report from the Netfilter Workshop 2022. The event was held on 2022-10-20/2022-10-21 in Seville, and the venue was the offices of Zevenet. We started on Thursday with Pablo Neira (head of the project) giving a short welcome / opening speech. The previous iteration of this event was in virtual fashion in 2020, two years ago. In the year 2021 we were unable to meet either in person or online. > > This year, the number of participants was just eight people, and this allowed the setup to be a bit more informal. We had kind of an un-conference style meeting, in which whoever had something prepared just went ahead and opened a topic for debate. Neat summary of topics discussed around nftables

It’s mostly a certification thing (which is performed by Intel): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt_(interface)#Royalty_situation

According to that, anyone can make the standalone chips now regardless of CPU (although most of them are still made by Intel, I think)


Thunderbolt 4 is not exclusive to Intel, only 1-3

I’ve just ordered parts for a new AMD system with Thunderbolt 4 (transferring some parts from an older machine): https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jokeyrhyme/saved/dLCRVn



> The UX team has been carefully designing widgets and applications over the last year. We are now at the point where it is critical for the engineering team to decide upon a GUI toolkit for COSMIC. After much deliberation and experimentation over the last year, the engineering team has decided to use Iced instead of GTK. > > Iced is a native Rust GUI toolkit that's made enough progress lately to become viable for use in COSMIC. Various COSMIC applets have already been written in both GTK and Iced for comparison. The latest development versions of Iced have an API that's very flexible, expressive, and intuitive compared to GTK. It feels very natural in Rust, and anyone familiar with Elm will appreciate its design. The main jumping-off point for COSMIC is this repository, I think: https://github.com/pop-os/cosmic-epoch The iced crate is here: https://github.com/iced-rs/iced Other GUI tookits for Rust can be found here: https://www.areweguiyet.com/

I expect an upcoming patch will check during boot whether the fix is needed and only apply it for those old systems


Today's Rust and Linux project is up :) I built this plugin so that I could see NetworkManager controls in results that come back from [`pop-launcher`]( https://github.com/pop-os/launcher) I'm using [`onagre`](https://github.com/oknozor/onagre) to query/display/action those results

If the USA and it’s allies were truly enthusiastic about human rights and democracy, then they should find out how much a company saves by having supply chains with worse human rights protections, and tax them some portion (I’d say at least half) of that saving

To encourage them to employ more expensive staff in countries with decent democracy and human rights laws

(And encourage other countries to transition to better human rights frameworks)


I wonder if the monitor for an output/sink is enabled as an input/source? Using a pulseaudio control panel like pavucontrol might show you more information? Most distributions provide pulseaudio/pipewire as a useful layer on top of ALSA, so pure-ALSA tools like alsamixer might not be showing you the whole picture


Might be worth trying a bunch of different live USBs to find a distribution with a working sound setup, and then seeing what it’s doing differently compared to Zorin


Really odd that it doesn’t use the recommended credential storage APIs on Windows at least



WikiHouse | open-source blocks for construction of buildings
There's a lot to like here I hope efforts like this become increasingly common-place

> Downs’ findings have already prompted legislators to act. Although just published in July, much of the research for the paper took place back in 2019. By the end of 2021, two of its authors, Kelly King and Tamara Paltin, both members of Maui County Council—and whom Downs invited to join the research project to build community engagement on the issue—had already spearheaded an ordinance banning all chemical sunscreens. Admittedly, it has never occurred to me until just now that sunscreen is pollution, huh

Yeah, I was toying with the hypothetical of needing a licence to eat beef

That way, only people who actually need and use all that protein can get it (e.g. body builders, people with specific medical needs)

That would solve the demand side, at least


> Indeed, when independent researchers at Johns Hopkins University decided to get the best estimates they could by combing through the published literature, they found that in the 11 life cycle analyses they turned up, the average greenhouse gas footprint from plant-based meats was just 7 percent of beef for an equivalent amount of protein. The plant-based products were also more climate-friendly than pork or chicken — although less strikingly so, with greenhouse gas emissions just 57 percent and 37 percent, respectively, of those for the actual meats. > > Similarly, the Hopkins team found that producing plant-based meats used less water: 23 percent that of beef, 11 percent that of pork, and 24 percent that of chicken for the same amount of protein. There were big savings, too, for land, with the plant-based products using 2 percent that of beef, 18 percent that of pork, and 23 percent that of chicken for a given amount of protein. The saving of land is important because, if plant-based meats end up claiming a significant market share, the surplus land could be allowed to revert to forest or other natural vegetation; these store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and contribute to biodiversity conservation. Other studies show that plant-based milks offer similar environmental benefits over cow’s milk. ... > Soy milk, for example, requires just 7 percent as much land and 4 percent as much water as real milk, while emitting only 31 percent as much greenhouse gas. Oat milk needs 8 percent of the land and 8 percent of the water, while releasing just 29 percent as much greenhouse gas. Even almond milk often regarded as a poor choice because almond orchards guzzle so much fresh water—uses just 59 percent as much water as real milk. > > But not all plant-based milks deliver the same nutrient punch. While soy milk provides almost the same amount of protein as cow’s milk, almond milk provides only about 20 percent as much—an important consideration for some. On a per-unit-protein basis, therefore, almond milk actually generates more greenhouse gas and uses more water than cow’s milk.

Anyone who thinks it’s actually because of silly things like “not wanting to be associated with such a disgusting, festering cesspool of a site” is naïve.

Not sure where you got this from, this didn’t seem to be in the CloudFlare blog post anywhere


> The new type of USB4 will continue the USB-IF's questionable naming scheme that only its members and a thumbtack-and-string-covered corkboard can truly appreciate. When it's all said and done, it seems you'll be able to find USB-C ports that are USB4 Version 2.0, USB4 Version 1.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 3.2 Gen 1, or USB 2.0, plus some will opt for Intel Thunderbolt certification. And in the case of USB4 Version 1.0, you'll still need more information to know if the port supports the spec's max potential speed of 40Gbps. **screaming intensifies**

> - “The age problem”: Young people aren’t using Facebook at all and are using Instagram less, but the success of both platforms as advertising revenue bonanzas is predicated on usage by the youth demographic. > - “The innovation problem”: Facebook hasn’t invented a new hit since the blue app itself and its other successes were all acquired. > - “The metaverse problem”: They’re betting the company on AR/VR, but it remains to be seen whether that’s going to be a big thing. > - “The antitrust problem”: No summary necessary. I really hope Meta/Facebook/Zuckerberg runs out of money and goes away forever

In theory, a government is democratically-elected, and courts are democratically-controlled, so isn’t a corporation obeying laws and courts exactly what we want here?

I’m not sure we can expect them to go above and beyond what is legal, no matter how much we might wish them to do so, they simply wouldn’t exist for very long otherwise

We hated them (and they hated it, too) when they extra-judiciously blocked traffic they didn’t agree with in the past, so surely requiring laws/courts to do so in future is better?


Seems like Cloudflare have come up with other ways to avoid blocking content they disagree with:

For instance, when a site that opposed LGBTQ+ rights signed up for a paid version of DDoS mitigation service we worked with our Proudflare employee resource group to identify an organization that supported LGBTQ+ rights and donate 100 percent of the fees for our services to them. We don’t and won’t talk about these efforts publicly because we don’t do them for marketing purposes; we do them because they are aligned with what we believe is morally correct.


> Just as the telephone company doesn't terminate your line if you say awful, racist, bigoted things, we have concluded in consultation with politicians, policy makers, and experts that turning off security services because we think what you publish is despicable is the wrong policy. To be clear, just because we did it in a limited set of cases before doesn’t mean we were right when we did. Or that we will ever do it again.

> Japan's newly appointed Minister of Digital Affairs, Taro Kono, has declared war on the floppy disk and other forms of obsolete media, which the government still requires as a submission medium for around 1,900 types of business applications and other forms. The goal is to modernize the procedures by moving the information submission process online.

A review of postmarketOS on the Xiaomi Poco F1
> On the whole, I would rate the Poco F1’s bull**** level as follows: > - Initial setup: miserable > - Ongoing problems: minor

> A Princeton professor, finding a little time for himself in the summer academic lull, emailed an old friend a couple months ago. Brian Kernighan said hello, asked how their US visit was going, and dropped off hundreds of lines of code that could add Unicode support for AWK, the text-parsing tool he helped create for Unix at Bell Labs in 1977.

> Google has a right to decide which users it wants to host. But it was Google’s incorrect algorithms, and Google’s failed human review process, which caused innocent people to be investigated by the police in these cases. It was also Google’s choice to destroy without warning and without due process these fathers’ email accounts, videos, photos, and in one case, telephone service. The consequences of the company’s error are not trivial.

> Google has a right to decide which users it wants to host. But it was Google’s incorrect algorithms, and Google’s failed human review process, which caused innocent people to be investigated by the police in these cases. It was also Google’s choice to destroy without warning and without due process these fathers’ email accounts, videos, photos, and in one case, telephone service. The consequences of the company’s error are not trivial.

> In excess, nitrogen and phosphorus in our waste streams can stimulate algal blooms and create conditions dangerous to marine and lake ecosystems and human health. According to the website of the Rich Earth Institute, a Vermont-based company focused on using human waste as a resource, most of the nitrogen and phosphorus in wastewater comes from human urine, even though it makes up only 1 percent of wastewater. Removing urine could remove 75 percent of the nitrogen and 55 percent of the phosphorus from municipal wastewater treatment plants. And those nutrients could then be recycled for use as fertilizer.

> The reasons for NOT tracking are myriad: First, you’ll engender goodwill with your supporters. Second, you may not imagine your organization to be the likely target of ransomware or of a data breach, but the less data you collect, and the less you share with outside organizations or companies, the less likely that your supporters will be affected. Third, data privacy laws vary across regions, and we are in a time of rapid change with respect to those laws. Minimizing data collection and retention can help ensure you’re complying with those laws.