[$] Impedance matching for BPF and LSM

The “kernel runtime security instrumentation” (KRSI) patch set has been
making the rounds over the past few months; the idea is to use the Linux
security module (LSM) hooks as a way to detect, and potentially deflect,
active attacks against a running system.
It does so by allowing BPF programs to be attached to the LSM hooks. That has
caused some concern in the past about exposing the
security hooks as external kernel APIs, which makes them potentially
subject to the “don’t break user space” edict. But
there has been no real objection
to the goals of KRSI. The fourth version
of the patch set was posted
by KP Singh on February 20; the concerns raised this time are about
its impact on the LSM infrastructure.

Source: LWN.net – [$] Impedance matching for BPF and LSM

Google Translate adds languages for the first time in four years

Believe it or not, Google hasn’t added languages to Translate since 2016 — it’s not clear why, but the company is making up for that apparent omission. It’s adding five languages, including Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), Odia (India), Tata, Turkmen and, not…

Source: Engadget – Google Translate adds languages for the first time in four years

Looking At The PHP 8.0 Performance So Far In Early 2020

With it being a while now since the PHP 7.4 release and the PHP developers continuing to be busy at work on PHP 8.0 as the next major installment of the popular web programming language, here is a fresh look at the performance of PHP 8.0 in its current state — including when its JIT compiler is enabled — compared to releases going back to PHP 5.6…

Source: Phoronix – Looking At The PHP 8.0 Performance So Far In Early 2020

Use logzero for simple logging in Python

The logzero library makes logging as easy as a print statement, which is quite a feat of simplicity. I’m not sure whether logzero took its name to fit in with the series of “zero boilerplate” libraries like pygame-zero, GPIO Zero, and guizero, but it’s certainly in that category. It’s a Python library that makes logging straightforward.You can just use its basic logging to stdout the same way you might use print for information and debugging purposes, and it has a smooth learning curve towards more advanced logging, like logging to a file.read more

Source: LXer – Use logzero for simple logging in Python

Someone Set Up a Weird, Fake Corporate Website to Trick Twitch Into Banning Left-Wing Streamers

Streaming giant Twitch.tv issued 24-hour bans to some of its biggest left-wing podcasters on Tuesday night, including Chapo Trap House, radio host David Pakman, and Mychal “Trihex” Jefferson, citing Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests over streams of the Democratic primary debate in South Carolina.

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Source: Gizmodo – Someone Set Up a Weird, Fake Corporate Website to Trick Twitch Into Banning Left-Wing Streamers

First Amendment Doesn't Apply On YouTube; Judges Reject PragerU Lawsuit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: YouTube is a private forum and therefore not subject to free-speech requirements under the First Amendment, a US appeals court ruled today (PDF). “Despite YouTube’s ubiquity and its role as a public-facing platform, it remains a private forum, not a public forum subject to judicial scrutiny under the First Amendment,” the court said. PragerU, a conservative media company, sued YouTube in October 2017, claiming the Google-owned video site “unlawfully censor[ed] its educational videos and discriminat[ed] against its right to freedom of speech.”

PragerU said YouTube reduced its viewership and revenue with “arbitrary and capricious use of ‘restricted mode’ and ‘demonetization’ viewer restriction filters.” PragerU claimed it was targeted by YouTube because of its “political identity and viewpoint as a non-profit that espouses conservative views on current and historical events.” But a US District Court judge dismissed PragerU’s lawsuit against Google and YouTube, and a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld that dismissal in a unanimous ruling today. “PragerU’s claim that YouTube censored PragerU’s speech faces a formidable threshold hurdle: YouTube is a private entity. The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government — not a private party — from abridging speech,” judges wrote.

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Source: Slashdot – First Amendment Doesn’t Apply On YouTube; Judges Reject PragerU Lawsuit

LG V60 ThinQ has a Snapdragon 865, second screen attachment

Mobile World Congress had to stay home sick this year with the coronavirus, but that’s not stopping the mobile industry from making a bunch of announcements this week. LG has announced its obligatory Snapdragon 865 smartphone: the “LG V60 ThinQ.”

The phone has Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 865, along with the X55 5G modem. LG’s spec sheet does not say what kind of 5G (really, LG?) but Android Police reports that there is “mmWave exclusive to Verizon, and sub-6 for everyone, including AT&T.” The phone has a 6.8-inch 2460×1080 OLED display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and MicroSD slot as well as a 5000mAh battery. There are four holes in the rear-camera array but only three cameras: a 64MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle, and two holes for a time-of-flight camera for 3D effects. Like every other Snapdragon 865, 5G-packing smartphone we’ve seen so far, this is a lot bigger than last year’s device. The LG V50 measured 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm, while the V60 is bigger in every direction: 169.3 x 77.6 x 8.9mm.

Also like the LG V50, the V60 again has an optional second screen attachment, This makes the phone look a bit like a Microsoft Surface Duo without any of the striking good looks. The second screen is the same as the first: a 6.8-inch 2460×1080 OLED display, and there’s even a  2.1-inch monochrome screen on the front, which shows the time, date, battery level, and notification icons. The case is powered by the phone by plugging into the USB-C port, and for charging with the case on, you get a Mag-Safe-style magnetic charging connector. It’s kind of neat that’s it’s reversible, but it’s also a proprietary charger to worry about.

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Source: Ars Technica – LG V60 ThinQ has a Snapdragon 865, second screen attachment

Facebook Would Have To Pay $3.50 Per Month To US Users For Sharing Contact Info, Study Finds

German Facebook users would want the social media platform to pay them about $8 per month for sharing their contact information, while U.S. users would only seek $3.50, according to a study of how people in various countries value their private information. From a report: The study by U.S. based think tank the Technology Policy Institute (TPI) is the first that attempts to quantify the value of online privacy and data. It assessed how much privacy is worth in six countries by looking at the habits of people in the United States, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia and Argentina. It addresses growing concern about how companies from technology platforms to retailers have been collecting and monetizing personal data. U.S. regulators have imposed hefty fines on Facebook Inc and Alphabet-owned Google’s YouTube unit for privacy violations. “Differences in how much people value privacy of different data types across countries suggests that people in some places may prefer weaker rules while people in other places might prefer stronger rules,” Scott Wallsten, president and senior fellow at TPI told Reuters. “Quantifying the value of privacy is necessary for conducting any analysis of proposed privacy policies,” he said.

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Source: Slashdot – Facebook Would Have To Pay .50 Per Month To US Users For Sharing Contact Info, Study Finds

Jif Peanut Butter Enters The Gif Pronunciation Debate

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Because apparently moms aren’t too choosy anymore and Jif needs to drum up some cheap advertising, Jif has teamed up with searchable gif database Giphy to announce their very firm belief that gif is pronounced with a hard G like gift without the T, and not like their peanut butter brand. Some more info on this breaking news while I conduct a crunchy versus smooth workplace poll:

We know there’s only one Jif and it’s peanut butter. If you’re looking for all the GIFs, there’s only one Giphy,” the site’s co-founder and CEO Alex Chung said in a statement. “If you’re a soft G, please visit Jif.com. If you’re a hard G, thank you, we know you’re right.”

The debate has raged since 1987 when GIFs, known now for their fun looping videos, first surfaced. However, the format’s creator, Steve Wilhite, told the New York Times in 2013 that, despite popular opinion, it should strictly be pronounced like the peanut butter brand and not like “gift” without the T.

First of all, if the gif’s creator says it’s pronounced jif, then it’s pronounced jif. That’s one of the perks of inventing something — you get to name it. That said, Steve was wrong and should have insisted it was pronounced with a hard G like a normal person. I mean it stands for graphic interchange format — where the hell do you get the j sound? But, as I said before, if you invent it you get to name it, and we should respect Steve for all the LOLs the format has brought us, and Jif has no right trying to argue. *licking spoon* Skippy’s way better anyways.

Thanks to MSA, who’s an extra crunch and grape jelly girl.

Source: Geekologie – Jif Peanut Butter Enters The Gif Pronunciation Debate

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Is Still The Best In The Series, Don't @ Me

I wasn’t a Nintendo kid growing up. That honor belonged to my best friend who managed to have a Nintendo Entertainment System. When the time came, I bought a Sega Genesis, and there was one game that reigned about all others: Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Now that it’s newly on the Nintendo Switch as part of the Sega Ages

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Source: Kotaku – Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Is Still The Best In The Series, Don’t @ Me

First Amendment doesn’t apply on YouTube; judges reject PragerU lawsuit

An illustration of YouTube's logo behind barbed wire.

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YouTube is a private forum and therefore not subject to free-speech requirements under the First Amendment, a US appeals court ruled today. “Despite YouTube’s ubiquity and its role as a public-facing platform, it remains a private forum, not a public forum subject to judicial scrutiny under the First Amendment,” the court said.

PragerU, a conservative media company, sued YouTube in October 2017, claiming the Google-owned video site “unlawfully censor[ed] its educational videos and discriminat[ed] against its right to freedom of speech.”

PragerU said YouTube reduced its viewership and revenue with “arbitrary and capricious use of ‘restricted mode’ and ‘demonetization’ viewer restriction filters.” PragerU claimed it was targeted by YouTube because of its “political identity and viewpoint as a non-profit that espouses conservative views on current and historical events.”

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Source: Ars Technica – First Amendment doesn’t apply on YouTube; judges reject PragerU lawsuit

Saint Maud's Latest Spooky Trailer Is a Portrait of a Nurse on Fire

Normally, when people in horror movies suspect that they might be possessed by otherworldly beings, it’s cause for alarm, but for the nurse at the center of Rose Glass’ Saint Maud, the event’s something more of…a revelation, if you will.

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Source: io9 – Saint Maud’s Latest Spooky Trailer Is a Portrait of a Nurse on Fire

Best 14 teamviewer alternatives for Linux/Ubuntu

One of the most popular software enabling computers to be controlled remotely is TeamViewer, but there are many other options that are available as well, which have just as many features (desktop sharing, online conferences, and data transfers). Since TeamViewer dominates the major online users, it has long ranked number one by many users.

Source: LXer – Best 14 teamviewer alternatives for Linux/Ubuntu

How to Create Multiple Google Contacts at Once

Google has quietly reinstated the ability to batch-create and import multiple contacts to your Google account at once. This time-saving feature was removed when Google began switching its mobile and web apps over to the material theme design last year, and Google didn’t announce its return. That’s a shame, as it’s…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Create Multiple Google Contacts at Once

Pope Francis wants you to give up being a jerk online for Lent

Forget quitting smoking or cutting carbs from your diet. If you’re thinking of something to give up this Lent, which starts today (Ash Wednesday), Pope Francis has a surprisingly modern suggestion. During the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Sq…

Source: Engadget – Pope Francis wants you to give up being a jerk online for Lent

Jury Convicts Ex-Microsoft Worker in Digital Currency Scheme

A jury on Tuesday convicted a former Microsoft worker of wire fraud and other charges in what prosecutors described as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency. From a report: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kvashuk helped test Microsoft’s online retail sales platform. He was accused of stealing digital currency such as gift cards that could be redeemed for Microsoft products, then reselling them on the internet and using the proceeds to buy a $160,000 Tesla vehicle and a $1.7 million lakefront home. He was fired in June 2018 after the scheme came to light. Prosecutors said that during the seven months of his activity, $2.8 million in bitcoin was transferred into his bank accounts.

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Source: Slashdot – Jury Convicts Ex-Microsoft Worker in Digital Currency Scheme