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Security, Proprietary Software, and Digital Restrictions (DRM)

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  • Who Wrote the ALPHV/BlackCat Ransomware Strain?

    In December 2021, researchers discovered a new ransomware-as-a-service named ALPHV (a.k.a. “BlackCat“), considered to be the first professional cybercrime group to create and use a ransomware strain written in the Rust programming language. In this post, we’ll explore some of the clues left behind by a developer who was reputedly hired to code the ransomware variant.

  • How Hackers Compromise the Software Supply Chain [Ed: Conflates hackers with crackers]

    It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a new vulnerability demonstrating the fragility of the software interdependencies that make up the software supply chain.

    A large part of software development leverages the benefits of open-source platforms and third-party vendors to deliver results on time. A wide range of people and organizations maintain those code bases.

  • VMware fixes buggy vSphere release – and Log4J, too • The Register

    VMware has restored availability of vSphere 7 Update, a release that it withdrew in late 2021 after driver dramas derailed deployments.

    Paul Turner, Virtzilla's veep for vSphere product management, told The Register that the source of the problem was Intel driver updates that arrived out of sync with VMware's pre-release testing program. When users adopted the new drivers – one of which had been renamed – vSphere produced errors that meant virtual server fleet managers could not sustain high availability operations.

  • Log4j explained: Everything you need to know

    The Apache Log4j Project is among the most deployed pieces of open source software, providing logging capabilities for Java applications.

    Log4j is part of the Apache Logging Services Project -- an open source effort within the Apache Software Foundation. The Apache Logging Services Project includes multiple variations of the Log4j logging framework for different programming deployments and use cases. Among the other projects that are part of Apache Logging Services are Log4j Kotlin, Log4jScala and Log4Net.

  • Google to invest $1 billion to push India's digitalization

    Google will invest up to $1 billion in partnership with India's Airtel to provide affordable access to smartphones to over a billion Indians and speed up use of cloud-based computing for business, the two companies said on Friday.

    The investment will help India's small businesses adopt digital tools as India works to adopt digital education, payments and e-commerce amid the pandemic, Google said in a blog post.

    As part of the Google for India Digitization Fund" launched in 2020, Google will pay $700 million to acquire a 1.28% stake in Airtel. It is also committing up to $300 million for commercial agreements over the next five years, Airtel said in a statement.

  • Biden Praises Right To Repair, As John Deere Hit With Two Fresh Repair Lawsuits



    While there's been no shortage of dumb and frustrating tech policy debates in recent years, one of the more positive shifts has been watching the "right to repair" movement shift from the fringe to massively mainstream. Once just the concern of pissed off farmers and nerdy tinkerers, the last two years have seen a groundswell of broader culture awareness about the perils of letting companies like Apple, John Deere, Microsoft, or Sony monopolize repair. And the dumb lengths most of these companies have gone to make repairing things you own both more difficult and way more expensive.

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GNOME Development Outline and Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2022

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    I'm pleased to share that I'm accepted for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2022 under GNOME Foundation umbrella on the Pitivi project. This summer I will be updating the project from GTK3 to the latest GTK4 toolkit. To anyone that wants to be a part of GSoC, I have only one piece of advice, just go for it. Don't think if you can do it or not, don't assume failure before attempting, and don't overthink. I always felt that it is for the best of the best, and I won't be able to clear it, all the big organizations on the GSoC page overwhelmed me, but instead of making it a dream, I made it a life goal. And well, now I'm enjoying it.

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lavapipe Vulkan 1.2 conformant

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3100 Games On The Steam Deck with Strider and Samorost 2 as Verified

While the additions are progressing, it’s been a little slower to reach the new milestone for the Steam Deck. There are now more than 3100 games validated (3120 games to be precise at the time of writing) on the Steam Deck – in two categories as usual... Read more