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hpr3315 :: tesseract optical character recognition

How to use this amazing tool

Hosted by Ken Fallon on 2021-04-16 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Tesseract, OCR, optical character recognition.
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Tesseract (software)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tesseract is an optical character recognition engine for various operating systems. It is free software, released under the Apache License. Originally developed by Hewlett-Packard as proprietary software in the 1980s, it was released as open source in 2005 and development has been sponsored by Google since 2006.
In 2006, Tesseract was considered one of the most accurate open-source OCR engines then available.

$ tesseract -l eng english-page.jpg english
$ tesseract -l nld dutch-page.jpg dutch
$ ls
dutch.txt english.txt 

hpr3314 :: Introduction... A little bit about me

My first HPR episode, introducing myself and sharing a bit about me

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Inoffensive in every region of the world. Meeting me is a completely different story.

Name is Trey. I have been listening to HPR for about a year and after hearing repeated pleas for episodes, I thought I would record some of my own.

I cannot guarantee quality of production nor content, but I hope you find them entertaining.

This episode is simply an introduction with a little bit of information about me

My love of computers began 40 years ago when my parents scrimped and saved to purchase a Texas Instruments TI-99/4a computer. I began programming in BASIC, saving programs to audio cassette tapes. I remember buying magazines to get new programs to enter, save, edit, and turn into something different.

Soon I expanded the computer to include 32K of RAM and an RS232 card which allowed me to connect a 300 BAUD modem and connect to bulletin board systems (BBS). BBS became my connection to the world.

I later upgraded to a Commodore 64, which gave me a floppy disk. Much faster than saving to tape. I studied electronics & computers in college, then went to work for a large computer vendor, traveling all over fixing computers, networks, and peripherals.

After about a decade, I joined a different company where I worked in systems administration and engineering, with a focus on information security. I have worked as security analyst, incident responder, security engineer, and security architect, then built out and managed the SOC for a large organization.

Today, I am still focused on information security and I also dabble in clock repair, Ham radio, electronics, and photography. I may record some episodes on some of these topics in the future.

Thank you for listening to me prattle on about myself, and have an awesome day.

hpr3313 :: Zoom Update

Scripted Zoom Update with History on Fedora.

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Zoom does not provide a standard Fedora repo for updating. To get around that, this script will check the zoom fedora download link. If an update is found, it will download the new version, stop the current version from running, then install the updated package. All versions are downloaded to the same folder as the script. Filename is changed to match datestamp.

I leave my linux machine always running. I schedule this to run just after midnight. If no update, nothing happens. If zoom is not running when I unlock, I launch zoom as normal.

  • Bash Script.
  • Uses wget
  • Cron for scheduling
  • Download, cron, forget...
  • Periodically review log to see update history
Let me know what you think.

hpr3312 :: COVID Doldrums

MrX and Dave Morriss have a chat over Mumble in these trying times

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We had some issues with getting Mumble to work, for reasons we couldn’t quite fathom. Both ends needed to be restarted several times until all worked properly.

We recorded this on Sunday March 7th 2021. The last time we set up a chat like this was back in August 2020, surprisingly!

Note on the title: the term the doldrums refers to a belt around the equator where sailing ships used to be becalmed due to the lack of wind. It also means a state of inactivity or stagnation, or a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.

Topics discussed

  • Christmas/New Year:
    • Dave:
      • Cooked a fancy vegetarian meal twice! On Boxing Day and New Years Day. Second time was a joint effort. Getting everything coordinated is easier when there are several contributors!
    • MrX:
      • Had long break because like many I hadn’t taken many holidays
      • Spent first part of holiday upgrading devices around the house
      • I had a nice relaxing break and spent Christmas with my mother, she lives on her own.
      • Visit to the dentist was interesting, wondering how they were going to cope with aerosol spray from the drill. The answer was they didn’t. Rough edge smoothed, they told me they will contact me when things settle down and said I was right to get it checked. If any pain or further break then will be moved into a different category where they do use drill with full PPE.
  • Pandemic (2):
    • Dave:
      • Vaccination received on 2020-02-02 (Oxford/AstraZeneca)
      • Probably getting second in late April or early May; not heard yet
      • Still avoiding going out for the moment
      • The deleterious effects of the lock down; trying to walk on a regular basis to counteract these and get exercise
      • Meeting up with the rest of the family several times per week for dinner, etc.
    • MrX:
      • Horizon things we now know about COVID
      • Don’t know how long the vaccine protects against virus spreading but likely to protect against serious illness for a good long time.
      • 12 weeks between jabs: 2nd jab does not provoke a stronger response; it’s that the 1st jab produces good responses and poor responses but by waiting 12 weeks for the 2nd jab it only provokes the good responses.
      • Think the UK has among the worst death rate in Europe
      • Like Dave continuing to avoid the virus as before.
      • Seems to be getting more difficult coping with lock down
      • Haven’t been into work since last November, working from home
      • Home working, clutter, stress, not taking enough breaks
      • Glad I didn’t need to drive during all the bad weather
      • Think I heard on a podcast recently that Linux use had dropped by 50%, could this be linked to people working from home. I would say this is true for myself
      • Except for me all immediate family have been vaccinated
      • Way to stay positive tip from something Mrs X read
        • Three things at the end of each day that were a highlight or something that we are grateful for.
        • This may say something about my personality but for me the highlights often relate to food.
      • Can’t go outside our own region.
  • Weather in & around Edinburgh:
    • Some snow in the past few months. More than Edinburgh tends to have.
    • Methods of clearing snow on driveways. Snow shovels - mainly plastic unfortunately.
    • Thoughts about making a home-made shovel out of metal for durability.
  • To Do lists and Taskwarrior:
    • Jeroen Baten did a show about Taskwarrior in December 2020.
    • Dave has been trying to use taskwarrior regularly. There’s a feeling of achievement when a task is done!
    • MrX has tried various solutions including paper. Taskwarrior doesn’t fit with many modes of working.
  • Laptops and Chromebooks:
    • MrX has money to spend on either of these, and is debating what to buy
    • Dave has an Entroware laptop but mainly uses a desktop system
  • Technology:
    • Hand warmers:
      • MrX has a new electric hand warmer
      • Dave only has experience of the reusable gel ones that release heat as they crystallise
      • Talk of other technologies: single use warmers, fuelled Zippo warmers
    • Raspberry Pi Pico:
      • Dave has one of these. It’s a microcontroller that costs £3.60. Not in use yet though.
      • The keypad isn’t 16×16 but 4×4 – 16 keys, not 256! It’s from Pimoroni, the RGB Keypad Base.
    • The R Programming Language

hpr3311 :: Bradley M. Kuhn's article from 2019 on Richard M. Stallman

This text to speech article requires listener discretion.

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This show has a counter point show hpr3316 :: FSF and RMS on election of Richard Stallman

Warning This show contains information that may not be suitable for all. Listener discretion is advised.

Recently Richard M. Stallman, announced that he has rejoined the Free Software Foundation’s board of directors. An open letter on github called for him to be removed again, and for the FSF’s entire board to resign.

When he resigned in 2019, Bradley M. Kuhn (from the Free as in Freedom podcast) wrote an article titled "On Recent Controversial Events" about the issue. I am submitting that article here under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. The post contains many links and is available in the shownotes for this show. Some examples are included at the end of the blog post, and listener discretion is advised.

On Recent Controversial Events

Tuesday 15 October 2019 by Bradley M. Kuhn

The last 33 days have been unprecedentedly difficult for the software freedom community and for me personally. Folks have been emailing, phoning, texting, tagging me on social media (— the last of which has been funny, because all my social media accounts are placeholder accounts). But, just about everyone has urged me to comment on the serious issues that the software freedom community now faces. Until now, I have stayed silent regarding all these current topics: from Richard M. Stallman (RMS)’s public statements, to his resignation from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), to the Epstein scandal and its connection to MIT. I’ve also avoided generally commenting on software freedom organizational governance during this period. I did this for good reason, which is explained below. However, in this blog post, I now share my primary comments on the matters that seem to currently be of the utmost attention of the Open Source and Free Software communities.

I have been silent the last month because, until two days ago, I was an at-large member of FSF’s Board of Directors, and a Voting Member of the FSF. As a member of FSF’s two leadership bodies, I was abiding by a reasonable request from the FSF management and my duty to the organization. Specifically, the FSF asked that all communication during the crisis come directly from FSF officers and not from at-large directors and/or Voting Members. Furthermore, the FSF management asked all Directors and Voting Members to remain silent on this entire matter — even on issues only tangentially related to the current situation, and even when speaking in our own capacity (e.g., on our own blogs like this one). The FSF is an important organization, and I take any request from the FSF seriously — so I abided fully with their request.

The situation was further complicated because folks at my employer, Software Freedom Conservancy (where I also serve on the Board of Directors) had strong opinions about this matter as well. Fortunately, the FSF and Conservancy both had already created clear protocols for what I should do if ever there was a disagreement or divergence of views between Conservancy and FSF. I therefore was recused fully from the planning, drafting, and timing of Conservancy’s statement on this matter. I thank my colleagues at the Conservancy for working so carefully to keep me entirely outside the loop on their statement and to diligently assure that it was straight-forward for me to manage any potential organizational disagreements. I also thank those at the FSF who outlined clear protocols (ahead of time, back in March 2019) in case a situation like this ever came up. I also know my colleagues at Conservancy care deeply, as I do, about the health and welfare of the FSF and its mission of fighting for universal software freedom for all. None of us want, nor have, any substantive disagreement over software freedom issues.

I take very seriously my duty to the various organizations where I have (or have had) affiliations. More generally, I champion non-profit organizational transparency. Unfortunately, the current crisis left me in a quandary between the overarching goal of community transparency and abiding by FSF management’s directives. Now that I’ve left the FSF Board of Directors, FSF’s Voting Membership, and all my FSF volunteer roles (which ends my 22-year uninterrupted affiliation with the FSF), I can now comment on the substantive issues that face not just the FSF, but the Free Software community as a whole, while continuing to adhere to my past duty of acting in FSF’s best interest. In other words, my affiliation with the FSF has come to an end for many good and useful reasons. The end to this affiliation allows me to speak directly about the core issues at the heart of the community’s current crisis.

Firstly, all these events — from RMS’ public comments on the MIT mailing list, to RMS’ resignation from the FSF to RMS’ discussions about the next steps for the GNU project — seem to many to have happened ridiculously quickly. But it wasn’t actually fast at all. In fact, these events were culmination of issues that were slowly growing in concern to many people, including me.

For the last two years, I had been a loud internal voice in the FSF leadership regarding RMS’ Free-Software-unrelated public statements; I felt strongly that it was in the best interest of the FSF to actively seek to limit such statements, and that it was my duty to FSF to speak out about this within the organization. Those who only learned of this story in the last month (understandably) believed Selam G.’s Medium post raised an entirely new issue. In fact, RMS’ views and statements posted on about sexual morality escalated for the worse over the last few years. When the escalation started, I still considered RMS both a friend and colleague, and I attempted to argue with him at length to convince him that some of his positions were harmful to sexual assault survivors and those who are sex-trafficked, and to the people who devote their lives in service to such individuals. More importantly to the FSF, I attempted to persuade RMS that launching a controversial campaign on sexual behavior and morality was counter to his and FSF’s mission to advance software freedom, and told RMS that my duty as an FSF Director was to assure the best outcome for the FSF, which IMO didn’t include having a leader who made such statements. Not only is human sexual behavior not a topic on which RMS has adequate academic expertise, but also his positions appear to ignore significant research and widely available information on the subject. Many of his comments, while occasionally politically intriguing, lack empathy for people who experienced trauma.

IMO, this is not and has never been a Free Speech issue. I do believe freedom of speech links directly to software freedom: indeed, I see the freedom to publish software under Free licenses as almost a corollary to the freedom of speech. However, we do not need to follow leadership from those whose views we fundamentally disagree. Moreover, organizations need not and should not elevate spokespeople and leaders who speak regularly on unrelated issues that organizations find do not advance their mission, and/or that alienate important constituents. I, like many other software freedom leaders, curtail my public comments on issues not related to FOSS. (Indeed, I would not even be commenting on this issue if it had not become a central issue of concern to the software freedom community.) Leaders have power, and they must exercise the power of their words with restraint, not with impunity.

RMS has consistently argued that there was a campaign of "prudish intimidation" — seeking to keep him quiet about his views on sexuality. After years of conversing with RMS about how his non-software-freedom views were a distraction, an indulgence, and downright problematic, his general response was to make even more public comments of this nature. The issue is not about RMS’ right to say what he believes, nor is it even about whether or not you agree or disagree with RMS’ statements. The question is whether an organization should have a designated leader who is on a sustained, public campaign advocating about an unrelated issue that many consider controversial. It really doesn’t matter what your view about the controversial issue is; a leader who refuses to stop talking loudly about unrelated issues eventually creates an untenable distraction from the radical activism you’re actively trying to advance. The message of universal software freedom is a radical cause; it’s basically impossible for one individual to effectively push forward two unrelated controversial agendas at once. In short, the radical message of software freedom became overshadowed by RMS’ radical views about sexual morality.

And here is where I say the thing that may infuriate many but it’s what I believe: I think RMS took a useful step by resigning some of his leadership roles at the FSF. I thank RMS for taking that step, and I wish the FSF Directors well in their efforts to assure that the FSF becomes a welcoming organization to all who care about universal software freedom. The FSF’s mission is essential to our technological future, and we should all support that mission. I care deeply about that mission myself and have worked and will continue to work in our community in the best interest of the mission.

I’m admittedly struggling to find a way to work again with RMS, given his views on sexual morality and his behaviors stemming from those views. I explicitly do not agree with this "(re-)definition" of sexual assault. Furthermore, I believe uninformed statements about sexual assault are irresponsible and cause harm to victims. #MeToo is not a "frenzy"; it is a global movement by individuals who have been harmed seeking to hold both bad actors and society-at-large accountable for ignoring systemic wrongs. Nevertheless, I still am proud of the essay that I co-wrote with RMS and still find many of RMS’ other essays compelling, important, and relevant.

I want the FSF to succeed in its mission and enter a new era of accomplishments. I’ve spent the last 22 years, without a break, dedicating substantial time, effort, care and loyalty to the various FSF roles that I’ve had: including employee, volunteer, at-large Director, and Voting Member. Even though my duties to the FSF are done, and my relationship with the FSF is no longer formal, I still think the FSF is a valuable institution worth helping and saving, specifically because the FSF was founded for a mission that I deeply support. And we should also realize that RMS — a human being (who is flawed like the rest of us) — invented that mission.

As culture change becomes more rapid, I hope we can find reasonable nuance and moderation on our complex analysis about people and their disparate views, while we also hold individuals fully accountable for their actions. That’s the difficulty we face in the post-post-modern culture of the early twenty-first century. Most importantly, I believe we must find a way to stand firm for software freedom while also making a safe environment for victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, gaslighting, and other deplorable actions.

Posted on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at 09:11 by Bradley M. Kuhn.

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The following posts are authored by Richard M. Stallman and are taken from his personal site They were linked to in the piece you have just heard. 31 October 2016 (Down’s syndrome) A new noninvasive test for Down’s syndrome will eliminate the small risk of the current test. This might lead more women to get tested, and abort fetuses that have Down’s syndrome. Let’s hope so! If you’d like to love and care for a pet that doesn’t have normal human mental capacity, don’t create a handicapped human being to be your pet. Get a dog or a parrot. It will appreciate your love, and it will never feel bad for being less capable than normal humans. 14 December 2016 (Campaign of bull-headed prudery) A national campaign seeks to make all US states prohibit sex between humans and nonhuman animals. This campaign seems to be sheer bull-headed prudery, using the perverse assumption that sex between a human and an animal hurts the animal. That’s true for some ways of having sex, and false for others. For instance, I’ve heard that some women get dogs to lick them off. That doesn’t hurt the dog at all. Why should it be prohibited? When male dolphins have sex with people, that doesn’t hurt the dolphins. Quite the contrary, they like it very much. Why should it be prohibited? I’ve also read that female gorillas sometimes express desire for sex with men. If they both like it, who is harmed? Why should this be prohibited? The proponents of this law claim that any kind of sex between humans and other species implies that the human is a "predator" that we need to lock up. That’s clearly false, for the cases listed above. Making a prohibition based on prejudice, writing it in an overbroad way, is what prissy governments tend to do where sex is concerned. The next step is to interpret it too strongly with "zero tolerance". Will people convicted of having dogs lick them off be required to live at least 1000 feet from any dogs? This law should be changed to prohibit only acts in which the animal is physically forced to have sex, or physically injured. 23 February 2017 (A "violent sex offender") The teenager who will have to register as a "violent sex offender" had a sexual meeting with a younger teenager. Why do people think there is something wrong with a sexual relationship between people of ages 13 and 18? The principal activity of human adolescents is sex. 26 May 2017 (Prudish ignorantism) A British woman is on trial for going to a park and inviting teenage boys to have sex with her there. Her husband acted as a lookout in case someone else passed by. One teenager allegedly visited her at her house repeatedly to have sex with her. None of these acts would be wrong in any sense, provided they took precautions against spreading infections. The idea that adolescents (of whatever sex) need to be "protected" from sexual experience they wish to have is prudish ignorantism, and making that experience a crime is perverse. 13 June 2017 (Sex offender registry) The sex offender registry treats any sexual crime as far worse than murder. 10 October 2017 (Laws against having sex with an animal) European countries are passing laws against having sex with an animal. (We are talking about sex practices that don’t physically hurt the animal.) These laws have no rational basis. We know that some animals enjoy sex with humans. Others don’t. But really, if you smear something on your genitals that tastes good to dogs, and have a dog lick you off, it harms no one. Why should this be illegal except mindless religion? 27 November 2017 (Roy Moore’s relationships) Senate candidate Roy Moore tried to start dating/sexual relationships with teenagers some decades ago. He tried to lead Ms Corfman step by step into sex, but he always respected "no" from her and his other dates. Thus, Moore does not deserve the exaggerated condemnation that he is receiving for this. As an example of exaggeration: one mailing referred to these teenagers as "children", even the one that was 18 years old. Many teenagers are minors, but none of them are children. The condemnation is surely sparked by the political motive of wanting to defeat Moore in the coming election, but it draws fuel from ageism and the fashion for overprotectiveness of "children". I completely agree with the wish to defeat Moore. Political Christianists such as Moore hold views that conflict essentially with human rights, just as political Islamists do. If Moore, with his extremist policies, gains public office again, he will harm millions of American women, and secondarily society as a whole. Ms Corfman says she was hurt afterward, and attributes this to feelings of guilt based on the belief that she had done something wrong (which, of course, she had not). Is this is another sign of Christianity at work? I sent a check to Doug Jones US Senate a few weeks ago. Please support his campaign too. You can mail a check here: (Address available at original link) 29 October 2017 (Pestering women) A famous theater director had a habit of pestering women, asking them for sex. As far as I can tell from this article, he didn’t try to force women into sex. When women persistently said no, he does not seem to have tried to punish them. The most he did was ask. He was a pest, but nothing worse than that. 30 April 2018 (UN peacekeepers in South Sudan) It sounds horrible: "UN peacekeepers accused of child rape in South Sudan." But the article makes it pretty clear that the "children" involved were not children. They were teenagers. What about "rape"? Was this really rape? Or did they have sex willingly, and prudes want to call it "rape" to make it sound like an injustice? We can’t tell from the article which one it is. Rape means coercing someone to have sex. Precisely because that is a grave and clear wrong, using the same name for something much less grave is a distortion. 17 July 2018 (The bullshitter’s flirting) We are now invited to despise the bullshitter for telling a 17-year-old woman at a party that he found her attractive. We can hardly assume that the bullshitter’s boasts were true. Even men who are usually honest on other topics have been known to lie about their sexual achievements. However, I wouldn’t assume they were false, or that he did an injustice to anyone at these parties. In a group of 50 models, there could well be some that would eagerly go to bed with a rich man, either to boost their careers or for a lark. If you condemn men for finding teenage female models attractive, you might as well condemn men for being heterosexual. The bully may be predatory, but it appears he didn’t display this overtly at those parties. There are indications that he arbitrarily chose the winners of the Miss USA beauty contest while he owned it. That would be a real wrong, since it would have made the contest dishonest. I understand the desire to condemn the bullshitter on every aspect of his life, but it is no excuse for ageism. If you can understand that we shouldn’t dictate people’s gender preferences, you should understand that we shouldn’t dictate their age preferences either. There are plenty of tremendously important reasons to condemn the bully. He is attacking workers’ rights, abortion rights, non-rich people’s pensions and medical care, the environment, human rights, and democracy, even the idea of truth. Let’s focus on those real reasons. 21 August 2018 (Age and attraction) Research found that men generally find females of age 18 the most attractive. This accords with the view that Stendhal reported in France in the 1800s, that a woman’s most beautiful years were from 16 to 20. Although this attitude on men’s part is normal, the author still wants to present it as wrong or perverted, and implicitly demands men somehow control their attraction to direct it elsewhere. Which is as absurd, and as potentially oppressive, as claiming that homosexuals should control their attraction and direct it towards to the other sex. Will men be pressured to undergo "age conversion therapy" intended to brainwash them to feel attracted mainly to women of their own age? Anti-Glossary Sexual assault: this term is so broad that using it is misleading. The term includes rape, groping, sexual harassment, and other acts. These acts are not merely different in degree. They are different in kind. Rape is a grave crime. Being groped is unpleasant but not as grave as robbery. Sexual harassment is a not an action at all, but rather a pattern of actions that constitutes economic unfairness. How can it make sense to group these behaviors things together? It never makes sense. News articles, studies, and laws should avoid that term. 23 September 2018 (Cody Wilson) Cody Wilson has been charged with hiring a "child" sex worker. Her age has not been announced, but I think she must surely be a teenager, not a child. Calling teenagers "children" in this context is a way of smearing people with normal sexual proclivities as "perverts". They have accused him of "sexual assault", a term so vague that it should never be used at all. With no details, we can’t tell whether the alleged actions deserve that term. What we do know is that the term is often used for a legal lie. She may have had — I expect, did have — entirely willing sex with him, and they would still call it "assault". I do not like the idea of 3D-printed guns, but that issue is entirely unrelated to this. 6 November 2018 (Sex according to porn) The unrealistic picture of sex presented in most porn harms men as well as women in their sex lives (though in different ways). Their sexual miseducation starts in adolescence, but many never learn better. Our society’s taboo cuts adolescents off from any way to learn about sexual relationships and lovemaking other than from porn and from other confused adolescents. Everyone learns the hard way, often slowly, and in many cases learns bad lessons. The more effective the taboo, the deeper the ignorance. In 18th century France, teenage girls of good family emerged totally sexually innocent from education in a convent. Totally innocent and totally exploitable (see Dangerous Liaisons). Contrast this with Marquesan society, where adolescents are not kept ignorant by a taboo on sex. They have various relationships with lovers of their choice, so they have many opportunities to see what pleases and what doesn’t. Any one lover can please them more, or please them less, but can’t mislead them — they have standards for comparison. In that society, even adolescents understand lovemaking better than a lot of American adults. Inevitably, everyone starts out ignorant; the question is, how can society offer people a path which leads them to learn to do things well, rather than learning painfully to do them badly. 14 February 2019 (Respecting people’s right to say no) Writer Yann Moix said that he cannot be attracted to women in their 50s, and people are condemning him, claiming he has an obligation to be attracted to them. You might as well demand that a homosexual be attracted to people not of the same sex. Or that a heterosexual be attracted to people that are of the same sex. There is no arguing about tastes. If we respect people’s right to say no, we should not rebuke them when they do. Of course, many people (especially men, but not only) despise those they find unattractive. That is a mean way to treat people who haven’t done anything wrong. But being unattracted by someone is not the same as despising per. Yann Moix understands this. 12 June 2019 (Declining sex rates) Many demographic categories report having sex less now than in the past. It might be due to the general stress and anxiety of life in the advanced countries. I suspect it is also due to the lack of any generally accepted way for men to express romantic or sexual interest in women. By "generally accepted", I mean that he can count on a woman who declines his interest not to revile him for expressing it that way. 30 July 2019 (Al Franken) Al Franken now regrets resigning from the Senate. Some senators that pushed him to resign now regret that too. The first (main) article does not state clearly whether Franken touched Tweeden in the process of making the photo, but it seems he did not. If that is correct, it was not a sexual act at all. It was self-mocking humor. The photograph depicted a fictional sexual act without her fictional consent, but making the photo wasn’t a sexual act. If it is true that he persistently pressured her to kiss him, on stage and off, if he stuck his tongue into her mouth despite her objections, that could well be sexual harassment. He should have accepted no for an answer the first time she said it. However, calling a kiss "sexual assault" is an exaggeration, an attempt to equate it to much graver acts, that are crimes. The term "sexual assault" encourages that injustice, and I believe it has been popularized specifically with that intention. That is why I reject that term. Meanwhile, Franken says he did not do those things, and the other actors he previously did the same USO skit with said it was not harassment, just acting. Tweeden’s store is clearly false in many details. Should we assume Tweeden was honest? With so many demonstrated falsehoods in her accusations, and given that she planned them with other right-wing activists, and that all of them follow a leader who lies as a tactic every day, I have to suspect that she decided to falsify accusations through exaggeration so as to kick a strong Democrat out of the Senate. I have no proof of that suspicion. It is possible that she made the accusations honestly. Also, in a hypothetical world, someone might really have done them. Supposing for the moment that those accusations were true, should Franken have resigned over them? I don’t think so. They are misjudgments, not crimes. Franken deserved the chance to learn from the criticism that surprised him. Zero tolerance is a very bad way to judge people. However, the most important point is to reject the position that if B feels hurt by what A said or did, then automatically A is wrong. People judged Franken that way, and he judged himself that way. But that way degrades the concept of "wrong" into a mere expression of subjective disapproval. What can legitimately be asserted subjectively can legitimately be ignored subjectively too. To judge A that way is to set B up as a tyrant. If B’s feelings were hurt, that’s unfortunate – but is that A’s fault? If so, was it culpable, or just a mistake? That is what we have to judge, and if we want others to think our judgments worth following, they must be based on objective facts and objective standards, including objective standards for what words and gestures objectively mean. Traister is wrestling with a solvable problem. She says, "When you change rules, you end up penalizing people who were caught behaving according to the old rules." Maybe people do, but that is a sign of carelessness. It isn’t really hard to change the rules and then judge old actions by the old rules. We just have to remember to do so. 27 August 2019 (Me-too frenzy) In "me-too" frenzy, crossed signals about sex can easily be inflated into "rape". If people rush to judgment, in an informal way, that can destroy a man’s career without any trial in which to clear his name. 21 September 2019 (Sex workers) Today’s Sex Workers, Like Their Victorian Sisters, Don’t Want "saving". Feminism today is drifting off the track into a campaign of prudery that harms everyone, except those who are asexual. 11 June 2019 (Stretching meaning of terms) Should we accept stretching the terms "sexual abuse" and "molestation" to include looking without touching? I do not accept it.

hpr3310 :: Layer Masks

We begin our look at a key tool in GIMP, Layer Masks

Hosted by Ahuka on 2021-04-09 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: GIMP, Layers, Layer Masks.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: GIMP | Comments (0)

One of the key tools in GIMP is Layer Masks, which allow you to make selected parts of a layer transparent, so that lower layers can come through. This is a way to get the same kinds of effects you would get with physical transparency sheets or animation gels.

hpr3309 :: Linux Inlaws S01E27: The Big Uncertainties in Life and beyond

The two chaps discuss uncertainties and beyond in this episode on probabilistic data structure

Hosted by monochromec on 2021-04-08 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Probabilistic data structures,PDS.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Linux Inlaws | Comments (0)

In this episode, our two heroes explore the realm of the great uncertainties also known as probabilistic data structures. For this adventures they managed to retain one of the experts in this field from the open source realm. Check out the episode to get in on this secret and its details!


hpr3308 :: let's talk about Thunderbird

Using Thunderbird to manage emails.

Hosted by Some Guy On The Internet on 2021-04-07 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: email, Thunderbird.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Comments (1)

Thunder bird, the wonderful email client. I share how I use and enjoy the Thunderbird email client.

use `hpr391` as the subject for all emails. If not, junk filter.

hpr3307 :: Git worktree

How to use git worktree

Hosted by klaatu on 2021-04-06 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: git,tree,trunk,branch.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Introduction to Git | Comments (0)

Create a new worktree

$ git branch | tee
* dev
$ git worktree add -b hotfix ~/demo/penguin.tree trunk
Preparing ../penguin.tree (identifier penguin.tree)
HEAD is now at 62a2daf commit

List existing worktrees

$ git worktree list
/home/tux/demo/penguin.git       15fca84 [dev]
/home/tux/demo/penguin.tree     09e585d [trunk]

Move a worktree

$ git worktree move penguin.tree ~/Temp

Remove a worktree

$ git worktree remove penguin.tree

hpr3306 :: HPR Community News for March 2021

HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in March 2021

Hosted by HPR Volunteers on 2021-04-05 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Community News.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: HPR Community News | Comments (0)

New hosts

Welcome to our new host:

Last Month's Shows

Id Day Date Title Host
3281 Mon 2021-03-01 HPR Community News for February 2021 HPR Volunteers
3282 Tue 2021-03-02 HP Laptop with AMD Ryzen 3 Mobile with Radeon Graphics Some Guy On The Internet
3283 Wed 2021-03-03 HPR RPG Club reviews Dead Earth klaatu
3284 Thu 2021-03-04 Introduction to gdb klaatu
3285 Fri 2021-03-05 Upgrading Lubuntu on my Samsung N150 Plus netbook MrX
3286 Mon 2021-03-08 Wireguard How To timttmy
3287 Tue 2021-03-09 Quick tip Archer72
3288 Wed 2021-03-10 Linux Inlaws S01E25: The Grumpy Old Coders monochromec
3289 Thu 2021-03-11 NextCloud the hard way Ken Fallon
3290 Fri 2021-03-12 GIMP: More on Layer Tools and Techniques Ahuka
3291 Mon 2021-03-15 The New Audacity and Batch Processing Macros Ahuka
3292 Tue 2021-03-16 Squirrel FSF blog Zen_Floater2
3293 Wed 2021-03-17 HPR RPG Club reviews Dungeon Raiders klaatu
3294 Thu 2021-03-18 Update to MakeMKV to back up media Archer72
3295 Fri 2021-03-19 Renewing a Let's Encrypt cert for Home Network use Ken Fallon
3296 Mon 2021-03-22 Spam Bot Honey Pot Rho`n
3297 Tue 2021-03-23 Nextcloud Application Updating ToeJet
3298 Wed 2021-03-24 Poisoning The Well Some Guy On The Internet
3299 Thu 2021-03-25 Linux Inlaws S01E26: Make your Linux harder monochromec
3300 Fri 2021-03-26 YouTube Channels for Learning Spanish, Part 1 Ahuka
3301 Mon 2021-03-29 K S P Kerbal Space Program! (Game) operat0r
3302 Tue 2021-03-30 Input Methods on Ubuntu clacke
3303 Wed 2021-03-31 Slackware on RaspberryPi Brian in Ohio

Comments this month

These are comments which have been made during the past month, either to shows released during the month or to past shows. There are 15 comments in total.

Past shows

There are 3 comments on 3 previous shows:

  • hpr3153 (2020-09-02) "Fixing eBooks with Calibre and pdfcrop" by Ken Fallon.
    • Comment 2: Ken Fallon on 2021-03-03: "Thanks Again."

  • hpr3241 (2021-01-04) "HPR Community News for December 2020" by HPR Volunteers.
    • Comment 4: clacke on 2021-03-03: "OpenLDAP on BDB?"

  • hpr3262 (2021-02-02) "My thoughts on diversity in Linux and open source" by swift110.
    • Comment 6: bjhend on 2021-03-08: "Get rid of bad terms in IT"

This month's shows

There are 12 comments on 7 of this month's shows:

Mailing List discussions

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Previous five weeks

hpr3305 :: Nagios part 2 hosted by norrist

Released: 2021-04-02. Duration: 00:23:48. Flag: Clean.
Tags: nagios,bash,snmp.
Follow up to hpr3264 - Notifications, SNMP, Remote Checks

hpr3304 :: Newsflash 21/01/04 hosted by Anonymous Host

Released: 2021-04-01. Duration: 00:02:58. Flag: Clean.
Tags: date,time,formats.
An upgrade to some standard information formats

hpr3303 :: Slackware on RaspberryPi hosted by Brian in Ohio

Released: 2021-03-31. Duration: 00:19:42. Flag: Clean.
Tags: raspberry pi, slackware.
An alternative to raspberrypi os

hpr3302 :: Input Methods on Ubuntu hosted by clacke

Released: 2021-03-30. Duration: 00:15:24. Flag: Clean.
Tags: ubuntu, input methods, guix, chinese, emoji, eurkey, pinyin, jyutping, cangjie.
I'm adding some input methods to a standard Ubuntu 20.04 install

hpr3301 :: K S P Kerbal Space Program! (Game) hosted by operat0r

Released: 2021-03-29. Duration: 00:35:31. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Kerbal Space Program,KSP,games,space.
400 hours into the game I talk about howto get into Kerbal Space Program!

hpr3300 :: YouTube Channels for Learning Spanish, Part 1 hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2021-03-26. Duration: 00:16:24. Flag: Clean. Series: Languages.
Tags: Spanish, Language learning, YouTube.
My reviews of some YouTube channels offering free Spanish language lessons.

hpr3299 :: Linux Inlaws S01E26: Make your Linux harder hosted by monochromec

Released: 2021-03-25. Duration: 00:49:45. Flag: Explicit. Series: Linux Inlaws.
Tags: Linux Security Modules, DAC, MAC, AppArmor, SELinux, Plan 9.
Ever wanted to know about AppArmor and SELinux? Then this is your show!

hpr3298 :: Poisoning The Well hosted by Some Guy On The Internet

Released: 2021-03-24. Duration: 00:25:05. Flag: Clean.
Tags: General Content..
Shutdown the negativity in our community.

hpr3297 :: Nextcloud Application Updating hosted by ToeJet

Released: 2021-03-23. Duration: 00:02:16. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Nextcloud,SysAdmin,Admin.
Automatically Update Nextcloud Applications via Cron

hpr3296 :: Spam Bot Honey Pot hosted by Rho`n

Released: 2021-03-22. Duration: 00:06:04. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Spam, HTML, Forms.
Implementing a honey pot style spam filter for your HTML forms

hpr3295 :: Renewing a Let's Encrypt cert for Home Network use hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2021-03-19. Duration: 00:03:15. Flag: Clean.
Tags: SSL, Let's Encrypt, Intranet.
How to update a cert when the automatic processes don't work

hpr3294 :: Update to MakeMKV to back up media hosted by Archer72

Released: 2021-03-18. Duration: 00:06:18. Flag: Clean.
Tags: dvd, blu-ray, backup.
Update to MakeMKV to back up media, now on Raspberry Pi

hpr3293 :: HPR RPG Club reviews Dungeon Raiders hosted by klaatu

Released: 2021-03-17. Duration: 00:54:29. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: dnd,osr,tabletop,rpg.
Klaatu, Beni, and McNalu review an OSR DnD clone

hpr3292 :: Squirrel FSF blog hosted by Zen_Floater2

Released: 2021-03-16. Duration: 00:46:25. Flag: Clean.
Tags: banning software, banning ideology, modernizing, re-evaluating, prejudice.
The trouble with HUMANS and HUMAN things....

hpr3291 :: The New Audacity and Batch Processing Macros hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2021-03-15. Duration: 00:08:21. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Audacity, macros, batch processing.
A brief look at at the new Audacity and how I got it working for me

hpr3290 :: GIMP: More on Layer Tools and Techniques hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2021-03-12. Duration: 00:14:47. Flag: Clean. Series: GIMP.
Tags: GIMP, Layers.
Using some additional tools for for working with Layers in GIMP

hpr3289 :: NextCloud the hard way hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2021-03-11. Duration: 00:32:13. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: NextCloud, Raspbian, Apache, mariadb, PHP, myphpadmin, wireguard, DNS Rebind, magicmirror2.
A private NextCloud instance on a Pi 4x8, with lets encrypt and wireguard vpn access

hpr3288 :: Linux Inlaws S01E25: The Grumpy Old Coders hosted by monochromec

Released: 2021-03-10. Duration: 01:00:28. Flag: Explicit. Series: Linux Inlaws.
Tags: OAPs, old coders, senior citizens, Bitterfeld, communism.
Our heroes host an episode with an eclectic duo (not Waldorf or Statler)

hpr3287 :: Quick tip hosted by Archer72

Released: 2021-03-09. Duration: 00:01:57. Flag: Clean. Series: Cooking.
Tags: Cooking.
Quick tip and HPR needs shows

hpr3286 :: Wireguard How To hosted by timttmy

Released: 2021-03-08. Duration: 00:09:34. Flag: Clean.
Tags: wireguard, openVPN, Arch, sshuttle.
My findings setting up wireguard at home and in my office at work.

hpr3285 :: Upgrading Lubuntu on my Samsung N150 Plus netbook hosted by MrX

Released: 2021-03-05. Duration: 00:17:59. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Linux, Distros, Netbook, Lubuntu.
Lubuntu 16.04 LTS to 20.04.1 LTS upgrade on ageing Samsung N150 Plus netbook.

hpr3284 :: Introduction to gdb hosted by klaatu

Released: 2021-03-04. Duration: 00:23:40. Flag: Clean. Series: Compilers - how they work.
Tags: programming, cpp, gdb, gcc.
A really friendly introduction to Gnu Debugger

hpr3283 :: HPR RPG Club reviews Dead Earth hosted by klaatu

Released: 2021-03-03. Duration: 00:52:30. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: rpg, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic.
Escape reality by pretending you live in a dystopia

hpr3282 :: HP Laptop with AMD Ryzen 3 Mobile with Radeon Graphics hosted by Some Guy On The Internet

Released: 2021-03-02. Duration: 00:27:17. Flag: Clean. Series: Hardware upgrades.
Tags: HP, Ryzen, Crucial, Western Digital, Realtek.
I talk about the specs of the laptop and a brief upgrade.

hpr3281 :: HPR Community News for February 2021 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2021-03-01. Duration: 01:09:10. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in February 2021

hpr3280 :: What We Need For the ActivityPub Network hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2021-02-26. Duration: 00:17:06. Flag: Clean. Series: Social Media.
Tags: social media, alternative, Fediverse, ActivityPub.
This keynote address looks at where federated social media can go if we make it work.

hpr3279 :: Linux Inlaws S01E24: Legacy programming languages hosted by monochromec

Released: 2021-02-25. Duration: 00:54:12. Flag: Explicit. Series: Linux Inlaws.
Tags: Programming languages, Legacy, old stuff, new stuff, hipster languages, coffee.
The two chaps discuss why history keeps repeating itself in programming languages and beyond

hpr3278 :: A Minor Victory Against Designed-In Obsolescence hosted by Beeza

Released: 2021-02-24. Duration: 00:08:33. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Ipad, Apple, Obsolescence, IOS, Hardware.
Extracting a bit more life out of a device that Apple would rather have you dump

hpr3277 :: Microsoft in my Debian repo hosted by Archer72

Released: 2021-02-23. Duration: 00:04:32. Flag: Clean.
Tags: microsoft, raspberry pi, bash, script.
microsoft, raspberry pi, bash, script

hpr3276 :: Deepgeek's thoughts about HD Radio hosted by deepgeek

Released: 2021-02-22. Duration: 00:10:12. Flag: Clean. Series: Information Underground.
Tags: radio.
Klaatu reads a post by Deepgeek

hpr3275 :: D1 Mini Close Lid to Scan hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2021-02-19. Duration: 00:07:10. Flag: Clean. Series: Hardware upgrades.
Tags: Wemos, D1 Mini, network scan.
Use a Wemos to monitor if the lid is open or closed on a network scanner.

hpr3274 :: My Custom dwm Setup hosted by arfab

Released: 2021-02-18. Duration: 00:35:59. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: dwm, suckless, linux, bash, cli.
Me talking about how I've customised dwm, added and removed patches and written various scripts.

hpr3273 :: Embrace Firefox hosted by Some Guy On The Internet

Released: 2021-02-17. Duration: 00:14:13. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Some Guy on the Internet, Darwin, Firefox.
That's Our Browser!

hpr3272 :: In GNU/Linux, there is no "diversity", we're all just data. hosted by Some Guy On The Internet

Released: 2021-02-16. Duration: 00:17:12. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: GNU/Linux, GNU/Linux diversity.
How I experienced GNU/Linux and the topic of "diversity".

hpr3271 :: Interview with a 6yo child hosted by operat0r

Released: 2021-02-15. Duration: 00:07:08. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: interviews,kids.
I ask some basic questions to my 6yo

hpr3270 :: An Example of Using Layers hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2021-02-12. Duration: 00:15:00. Flag: Clean. Series: GIMP.
Tags: GIMP, Layers, WordPress.
Creating a new header image for my WordPress site using Layers in GIMP

hpr3269 :: Linux Inlaws S01E23: The first year of the five year plan hosted by monochromec

Released: 2021-02-11. Duration: 00:47:35. Flag: Explicit. Series: Linux Inlaws.
Tags: communism, five year plan, world domination, FOSS, Femke.
The Inlaws review the first year: the highlights, lowlights and all the bloody rest

hpr3268 :: Video Game Review - Ark Survival Evolved hosted by Enigma

Released: 2021-02-10. Duration: 00:08:52. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: video, game, reviews.
Enigma reviews Ark survival evolved

hpr3267 :: Ripping Media 2021 hosted by operat0r

Released: 2021-02-09. Duration: 00:16:40. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: ffmpeg,hacking,youtube-dl,media.
I go over ripping webpage media

hpr3266 :: Upgrading Debian on my raspberry pi hosted by MrX

Released: 2021-02-08. Duration: 00:33:21. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Linux, Distros, Raspberry Pi, Debian.
In this episode I cover the process of upgrading Debian from Jessie 8 to Stretch 9 on my raspberrypi

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