little monkey

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by Elmar Stellnberger

Facebook sues against independent research of its algorithm

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Algorithm Watch wanted to analyse Facebook´s algorithm. They had to withdraw their donation project for data research for not to be sued by Facebook. When platforms like Facebook push certain content and stifle other, it can have a critical impact on public discourse. It is known that Facebook fosters content that attracts many clicks and interaction; something that also applies to fake news. Then again unwanted information can be suppressed readily if there is no public accountability. Algorithm Watch demands a Digital Services Act, which protects research in public interest.

Not just social media but even search engines are downgrading or taking certain content out of the index. The problem is not as significant with search engines but apparently there is targeted influence on search results also here in the West. The author of this page searches regularely for his own content and currently more and more sites and content from elstel and his own person disappear. It´s been quite a while since only the two controversial pages mentioned in my previous message linked from here had been obviously affected. Today it is about almost every page at elstel. It is also a long time since pirate bay founder Peter Sunde let people prick up their ears by his article ‘I Have Given Up’ which is about the free internet. Today, most likely you can find something at metager or eventually at entireweb. Bing does also censor but it lasts for them longer than for Google to downgrade or take a site out of the index.




documentation: creating Fedora & Mageia chroots / online repos for elstel

Category: techdoc, programs,
Source: LinuxSW,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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We have extended our documentation on how to create chroots for the rpm based distributions Fedora and Mageia. Programs like dnf, zypper and debootstrap are nowadays available for most distributions which facilitates the chroot creation by users without him/her having to install a whole system directly on hardware. Furthermore we have reordered the docuemtation items in a more logically consistent way.

Besides this I am currently packaging lots of the software at elstel.org for different distributions. Where to find online repositories is issued under /software. We will apply for xchroot and possibly other programs to get included into Debian while we have updated the openSUSE package. Additionally I am planning to update existing packages more frequently though only direct download from elstel.org may at times yield the most ultimate new version.




xchroot v2.7.4, donating for elstel.org

Category: programs,
Source: LinuxSW,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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Xchroot v2.7.4 implements some important bugfixes towards v2.7. Due to an apparent regression in sudo, xchroot as user appears to have been temporarily broken. At first I thought it was one of the configuration issues merely pertinent to my own system like the ssh user being deleted from /etc/passwd or some removed execution right of a shared library or /etc/init.d file (I did already tell whom to thank.). However as it seems this was in deed a regression of sudo. Can now be fixed by executing xchroot inst-root-sudo. The new and buggy mirrtmp behaviour of v2.7 has been temporarily undone defaulting to mntmp as before. Mounting of /etc/resolv.conf may be needed for internet access, mounting /boot/efi for installing the bootloader and initctl may help for systemctl suspend. new feature: minimal chroots featuring only a busybox: see 'how to create a chroot', last example.

If you wanna support the work for xchroot, any other of our programs, if you want more content translated into your own language or if you like new content you may donate. You have now the possibility to donate via bank transfer with IBAN/BIC, a way that shall always work for everyone. This is important if you like this web page since at the moment I can not even pay for the hosting costs from what I get. Visit the Contact page also linked from xchroot/#downloads to see more. Support is free and if an email should get lost, I do now also have a landline phone number for you.




Assange´s extradition approved: Now the Home Secretary needs to decide

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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The Guardian has reported that a court in the UK has decided to extradite Julian Assange to the US on charges of espionage. It is now up to the home secretary to decide whether to approve or deny this. His family believes that an extradition would be tantamount to a death sentence. All of this even though Assange did actually not break any law. He has merely passed on information via Wikileaks, like what the job of a reporter is. Protecting one´s sources is also part of a reporter´s job. We have already reported on a plot to assassinate Assange and that a witness has publicly declared that the charges against Assange for active espionage are artificially fabricated. However, the court did not seem to take notice. Now it has taken the politically motivated decision to directly extradite a person declared an enemy of the United States.



Warum Deutschland im Ukrainekonflikt zurückhaltender ist

Category: general,
Source: article,
Language: de,
Type:
new
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Lesen Sie meine Stellungnahme und warum man aus meiner Sicht nicht einmal in der jetzigen Situation eine nukleare Eskalation ganz ausschließen wird können. auch: Warum Deutschland bei einem direkten Eingreifen der Nato als erstes dran hätte sein können.