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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Demonoid-Penguin Re:digiKam (259 comments)

Yes, Digikam's good - so long as you use kde. I don't, but i put up with its annoying gnome incompatibilities because it's the best there is - and i've tried all the rest.

That doesn't make sense - "so long as you use kde" + "I don't".

How can it not make sense? Digikam's not good if you use Gnome. It's usable, but some functions don't work.

Does not parse??
I asked you to expand on your original point....
Since then, for the sake of completeness, I've installed (shudder) GNOME (on Debian STABLE, not Fedora as I'm too old to be comfortable with the hourly upgrades and sitting on the bleeding edge of almost working), and found no problems with any features. So again (gently)
have you filed bug reports? (lest, despite imagining best intention you are just pissing on the furniture and complaining there was no toilet under your dick).
Don't take that the wrong way.

As for GNOME incompatabilities - can you expand on the "incompatabilities" and conflicts you have (i.e. error messages, missing recommended pacakges (stuff don't work is not instructive when we don't know what you installed, and until now didn't even mention a distro let-alone a release)? Have you filed bug reports? (how do you expect "things to be fixed otherwise?"), please don't wail without making a modicum of effort to contribute to the effort to raise the standard.

Some things don't work. I've recently upgraded Fedora and i haven't tried Digikam with the new version, so i don't know if the problems are the same.

(relevance - and thanks for raising the standards?) As previously stated, I agree digiKam is the best of it's breed, and we'd like to make it better - your input (useful that is) would be greatly appreciated.

But previously, image "tool tips" (i.e., showing metadata etc when you hover the mouse pointer over a thumbnail) were blank, and the preview image was blank - which was rather annoying. No, i haven't filed bug reports as i haven't checked if they are bugs (by testing it with KDE) or just incompatibilities with Gnome. Digikam is a KDE application and it never claims to work with Gnome.

It doesn't have to work with GNOME - nor does it rely on the entirity of KDE - and, more importantly, I don't know where you got the falacious idea that it won't/shouldn't work with GNOME

small hint: "I didn't" is a form of agressive armchair apathy - it fixes nothing and helps no-one.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Demonoid-Penguin Re:digiKam (259 comments)

Yes, Digikam's good - so long as you use kde. I don't, but i put up with its annoying gnome incompatibilities because it's the best there is - and i've tried all the rest.

That doesn't make sense - "so long as you use kde" + "I don't".

As for GNOME incompatabilities - can you expand on the "incompatabilities" and conflicts you have? Have you filed bug reports?
Or do you mean digiKam doesn't use the same libraries that GNOME does to perform vaguely similar tasks (QT/GTK, gfs/kio, etc, etc) - which would hardly be surprising.... Disclaimer: I used to have to use GNOME for work - and always found it's lack of configuration as ugly as the GNOME looks and way of doing things. But that's just a personal taste and programmers perspective.

I can confirm, as the result of several years daily use, that both KDE and digiKam work very well, and that digiKam works very well on boxen that don't have the KDE metapackage installed. e.g. on netbooks running xfce

Agreed on the digiKam to competition comparison - I've used Adobe products for years (result of client environments) - digiKam is better for my purposes (maintaining very large databases of client images for publication/web sites/promotion purposes).

$ apt-cache depends digikam
Depends: kde-runtime, libc6, libgcc1, libgomp1, libgphoto2-2, libgphoto2-port0, libjasper1, libjpeg8, libkdcraw20, libkdecore5, libkdeui5, libkdewebkit5, libkexiv2-10, libkfile4, libkhtml5, libkio5, libkipi8, libknotifyconfig4, libkparts4, liblcms1, liblensfun0, liblqr-1-0, libmarblewidget13, libnepomuk4, libopencv-core2.3, libopencv-highgui2.3, libopencv-imgproc2.3, libopencv-legacy2.3, libopencv-objdetect2.3, libphonon4, libpng12-0, libqjson0, libqt4-dbus, libqt4-network, libqt4-qt3support, libqt4-sql, libqt4-xml, libqtcore4, libqtgui4, libqtwebkit4, libsolid4, libsoprano4, libstdc++6, libtiff4, libx11-6, phonon, libqt4-sql-sqlite, digikam-data, digikam-doc
Recommends: <www-browser>, conkeror, dillo, elinks-lite, elvis-console, lynx-cur, netsurf, netsurf-fb, netsurf-gtk, uzbl, chimera2, chromium, elinks, elvis, epiphany-browser, google-chrome-beta, google-chrome-stable, google-chrome-unstable, iceweasel, konqueror, links, links2, midori, netrik, rekonq, surf, w3m
Recommends: kipi-plugins
Recommends: mplayerthumbs

That's about 40MB if installed with --no-install-recommends (assume the OP already has a browser) and unless you are using digiKam or one of it's dependencies (e.g. phonon) GNOME is not using more resources. Note that phonon itself is unnecessary for digiKam usage (it uses it for video sound) - just use equiv to replace it if it offends your inner GNOME.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Demonoid-Penguin digiKam (259 comments)

digiKam, free, runs on the major platforms, has the feature you've asked for and all the features you haven't asked for but, based on my experience, you will need.

Quoting from:-

A digiKam Overview

digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for KDE, which makes importing and organizing digital photos a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.

Tired of the folder constraints? Don’t worry, digiKam also provides tagging. You tag your images which can be spread out across multiple folders, and digiKam provides fast and intuitive ways to browse these tagged images. You can also add comments to your images. digiKam makes use of a fast and robust database to store these meta-informations which makes adding and editing of comments and tags very reliable.

digiKam makes use of KIPI plugins for lots of added functionalities. KIPI (KDE Image Plugin Interface) is an initiative to create a common plugin infrastructure for digiKam, KPhotoAlbum, and GwenView. Its aim is to allow development of image plugins which can be shared among KDE graphical applications.

An easy-to-use interface is provided that enables you to connect to your camera and preview, download and/or delete your images. Basic auto-transformations can be deployed on the fly during image downloading.

Another tool, which most artists and photographers will be familiar with, is a Light Table. This tool assists artists and photographers with reviewing their work ensuring the highest quality only. A classical light table will show the artist the place on the images to touch up. Well in digiKam, the light table function provides the user a similar experience. You can import a photo, drag it onto the light table, and touch up only the areas that need it.

Note: it's not very stable if you insist on running it on Windoof. Very reliable on Linux, I haven't tried with OSX.

Features

about a week ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Wow... (647 comments)

I think the idea that there's a built in audience for a non-systemd fork of Debian is entirely true, but it's loaded up with systemd flamewar hyperbole.

And it's falsely based on the idea that Debian doesn't support building any damn thing you like - including not using systemd (if you're the anti-woody word type). Unless your (not you) audience are sheeple who don't check a damn thing (a typical slashdot reader).

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Wow... (647 comments)

Fuck you SJW shill.

Guy running the fork did MuSe. Great for controlling midi devices for those of us who record music.

MikeeUSA/Jaromil - is that you (again)?

You claim you wrote MuSe?

BULLSHIT! citation

And you made the sun rise this morning too...

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Wow... (647 comments)

Thanks, but I'd be surprise if that happened.

  1. You may have noticed that the "story" submitter is Jaromil, so I suspect (extrapolating from experience) he's accompanied by his sock puppet army (do they imitate the NSA with forum flooding and FUD techniques, or does the NSA imitate them?)
  2. I've always suspected that the NSA is actively involved in ceasing this opportunity to divide Debian, if not celebrating the number of senior Debian developers who have left due to the number of personal attacks and threats they've recieved from the "anti-systemd" "campaign"

Jaromil does some excellent graphic work - but his musical ability is more autistic than artistic, allowing for a broad spectrum of tastes... and his "software accomplishments" is less than truthful (his hasciicam program lacks truthful attributions to it's true basis, and his Dyneobolic distro is just one of very many "respins". Not a patch on Knoppix - which is the work of one person , or a shadow of Mint and other Debian derivatives. There have been many Debian fork attempts...

Some vaguely related trivia regarding your pseudonym. Unix was a joke name chosen by the developers of Multix - the operating system that was intended to "do everything", when their funding was cut. Eunuchs/Unix was the result. Linux was the name given to Linux Torvalds to create a non-Unix compatible kernel.

apt-get install sysvinit-core

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Wow... (647 comments)

They are two people (or one person and a bunch of sock puppets). Only one will has any history of coding - and not sufficient to port Debian.

What "they" want is money - for what? With the same accounting standards and transparency of dyne "smoke" obolic (whose code contributors all quit) - will it have the same non-existant "non-profit" status?

A more accurate name for the "forked Debian" would be "RaptureOS" - and it could use the Inca calendar for it's release schedule. Release a new version everytime the world ends.

yeah, yeah - I'll be wrong, "you wait and see"... OK, thanks I will.

  1. How many other "forks" and "distros" start by asking for funds?
  2. How many are founded on FUD? systemd will "takeover" (rape your girlfriend) is a Freedesktop.org/RedHat/NSA conspiracy, PID 0 is just wrong man, sysv (is well maintained) has no failing or short-coming, systemd is a monolith (and a ball of string), systemd is not UNIX (Linux is UNIX), systemd is wrong for servers (just ask our crusty sockpuppet/secret VUAs), systemd is only for desktop (sytemd ruined GNOME), Debian doesn't (already allow you to install a choice of several init systems) allow you to install sysv, Lennart is (part of a project) rude (to trolls)
  3. How many FOSS distributions preaching open-ness are run by secret identities?
  4. - on github!
  5. Put a thousand car modders in the same garage and you won't make a Ford.
  6. Why not create a Debian PureBlend?
  7. - or a Debian distro?
  8. Forking, for anyone who understands what that means - is a huge job for a large, qualified, community
  9. Why not put some love into helping the dwindling sysv project?
  10. Lastly - if MikeeUSA endorses it - how good can it be. (better than TempleOS?)

As for me - I'll wait and see. I run servers not the bleeding edge - systemd has some great features - when they've been deployed in Stable for a year I'll have a look. Certainly sysv has become a fucking liability. I'm sick of trying to trawl through dozens of logs across thousands of servers. Fuck plain text - another piece of FUD from forkdebian - systemd happily provides text logs to the usual places for those that only deal with one box (except the logs cover the entire boot to shutdown).

about three weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Demonoid-Penguin Re:some sharp knives in that European drawer (193 comments)

All you're doing is delinking from a search engine.

It's not just the link that's gone. Not the event/story/pictures/history. And when there's no record of it having happened it still happened - right?
So all good. I always hated investigative journalism - and this should put a crimp on that!
[/sarcasm/satire]

No more futile that Stalin's censorship regime.
[cue orchestra to play Orwellian overtones]
If he ordered the record wiped of someone or something that offended him - that history effectively vanished for most people.

How is this not the same thing?
Hint: different dog, same leg action?

What do we call the European version of Google Web Search now? It will hardly qualify as a "search engine of the entire internet" except, perhaps to the hypercritical/normalisers

If the EU succeeds in getting other countries to follow the same lines, combined with "initiatives" by various countries to "restrict access"[*1] to sites that offend their sensibilities[*2] the intertubes will (at least for the vast, unwashed, majority) become as enlightening and informative as a Creationist University.

And another thing! Where's the requirement for Bing, Yahoo, and all the other search engines to do the same thing. Something smells fishy in Belgium, and it's ain't the smell of fresh.

[*1] it a site is illegal - why not prosecute and take it down? Instead of draping it in black plastic and posting signs saying "don't look - illegal content"? Huh?

[*2] case in point, Australia's censored site list is the result of lobbying by Family First, funded by Mr "Benevolent Puritan" Packer. Odd how so many gambling sites should feature on that list (that it's illegal to disclose). No conflict of interest there... weeel maybe, but you won't be able to search for a citation with Google if the EU have their way.

If someone else comes along and builds a search engine and spiders your false accusation, then your right back in.

Big if, or perhaps I misunderstand "precedence".

The rule is moronic, passed down by malicious halfwits.

Agreed

about three weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Demonoid-Penguin Re:some sharp knives in that European drawer (193 comments)

Let's continue that discussion after you've been falsely accused of child abuse, cleared in court (DNA stuff yada yada, real perp caught and convicted etc), but with the internet's never-forgetting memory still branding you as a pedo.

Hmmm - should we pretend the Nazi's never existed? True it's not the same thing. But - assuming the person "accused" of child abuse is deemed innocent in a court - which is not what you are saying (perhaps you believe courts are never wrong?) - does that mean the wrongful accusations should be "vanished" - or just weighted lower in the search results than the possibility the person was falsely accused?

Consider for a moment how many people are wrongly convicted - should the claims they were innocent be wiped from search results?

What of those who are guilty and we later asked how the authorities failed to investigate years of previous claims? Let's ask Rolf Harris shall we?

Hyperbole aside - I propose that it's not a case of do or don't - it's a matter of weighting the results. Or we'd all be buying eyewear from the company that sucks the most because they don't want to wipe their nasty history from search results.
I suspect that legislating to make the world safe for people who won't do their research (ban bad weather, complex explanations, and furniture without sharp corners) is a fascist wet dream.

Free speech is a tricky thing - especially if only "acceptable" speech is allowed. Good luck getting Google (do the EU know there are other search engines?) to take down what Glenn Beck said about how he heard you rape baby seals - he'd like to extend the opportunity for you to prove you didn't though...

about three weeks ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Microsoft Windows only (143 comments)

You're focusing on a specific piece of software, and missing the reason the software was written in the first place.

I'm focusing on what I quoted in my response. You're just being a goal-shifting egotistical dick - which is not "helpful" in any context.

about three weeks ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Honest, honey... (189 comments)

Or maybe Facebook and friends are just scumbag companies.

That is a fact. So is the sad reality that there are many people like Matheus, ShanghaiBill, pr0fessor etc, that will blame the victim, regard doing so as trivial, or even humorous. What's worse is they live in denial of themselves (stupid) and truly believe they aren't misogynists. (scared and bluffing).

Werewolves do walk among us.

about a month ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Microsoft Windows only (143 comments)

targeted attacks like this are OS agnostic,

Correct, provisionally. Targeted attacks are OS agnostic - if designed to be OS agnostic.

In the case of Regin (did you even read the lead before shooting your idiot mouth?) it is not OS agnostic. It affects Windows only. So does Stuxnet

His point was...

... not what you believe it was. I quoted the specific point I was replying to.
...not what the thread is about
...not what the main article is about.

Again - try reading before shooting your idiot mouth. It's not like you are incapable of focus or intelligent output. Perhaps you're having a bad day or it's just confirmation bias from some sort of emotional over-investment.

It could have been part of a suite of tools that include ones for other OS. But it is not, hence it's not relevant, and like the OP in this thread - the opposite of "informative".
Nowhere have I made any statement about any OS being more or less secure than another.

about a month ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Demonoid-Penguin Re:that's because (376 comments)

French idea of relief is a bottle of wine and watching women walking by the café.

O'reilly? Even the women?

about a month ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Microsoft Windows only (143 comments)

targeted attacks like this are OS agnostic,

Correct, provisionally - targeted attacks are OS agnostic - if designed to be OS agnostic.

In the case of Regin (did you even read the lead before shooting your idiot mouth?) it is not OS agnostic. It affects Windows only. So does Stuxnet

Disclaimer - I have no problem with Steve Balmer throwing chairs - as long as they're heavy, and hit idiots like you. Thanks for lowering the standard.

about a month ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Demonoid-Penguin Re:quick question (212 comments)

how can one verify that this future "certificate authority that issues free certificates to any website" hasn't issued a cert to the NSA for your domain? is it possible?

Good point! Let's not do anything. Inaction is always the best course of action.

How can we work out if baby isn't still dirty? It could be - right? Therefore it's likely (sigh), and if it's likely - we'd better throw out the baby with the bathwater.
/. agressive armchair apathy - the new "insightful"

In other news there are rumours of a CA being broken into - or maybe it was several - or maybe someone with a few thousand just bought a fraudulent certificate. And those who can't/won't stump up a hundred dollars lower the standard
Lucky I'm just making this shit up
How could you possible check? (if only there was some sort of looky-uppy facts com-put-ah....)

How do we know you don't work for the NSA?
Looks like a duck, smells like a duck, got it's arse in the air like a duck....
Must be a weasel!

about a month ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Demonoid-Penguin Brussels Hotels Win (334 comments)

So will the local manufacturers of brown paper bags.
Google and Bing lose.

You'll (/.) work it out - eventually. (hint: another EU backhander bidding war - that'll continue until MS runs out of money they can't take back to the US).

about a month ago
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Another Hint For Kryptos

Demonoid-Penguin Wild guess(?) (50 comments)

"The clock on the wall..." Damn, I'm out of time.

about a month ago
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Washington Post Says Marijuana Legalization is Making the World a Better Place

Demonoid-Penguin Paint me surprised (3 comments)

... that the Feds haven't invaded those states and put a stop to this nonsense.

Won't someone think of the private prison industry. Those pink panties won't buy themselves.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Ian Jackson (522 comments)

Ian Jackson is a man of principle, and the way the final vote was done within the TC [Technical Committee] was certainly objectionable: he was in the middle of discussing what should be on the ballot when Bdale Garbee called for an immediate vote on the same subject but with a totally different ballot. Then when the vote came to a tie, Bdale used the "casting" vote, meaning he had two votes where all the other TC members had only one. Furthermore Bdale's friend and close business partner Keith Packard had just recently joined the TC.

Furthermore this GR [General Resolution] isn't about reversing the TC decision nor in changing the default init system for the Jessie release -- it's about giving the other init systems a fair chance by making them possible to use by making the bugs in packages causing them to break RC [Release Critical]. That's all.

And he did bring this GR up in March, but at that time the Debian community was more hopeful that support would continue for the other init systems, but instead support for everything else has waned -- Ubuntu immediately decided to switch to systemd and drop upstart, and there have been issues with support for other packages concerning the standard sysv-rc init -- all of which Ian had expected to happen.

The main objection from Debian developers concerns the timing of this GR only because the Jessie release is nearing, but ... Ian did bring this up in March...

I'd encourage anyone reading the above tripe to read the debian-project lists and form their own opinion based on facts. Failure to do so is problematic.

about 2 months ago

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Copyright trolls close Linux time database

Demonoid-Penguin Demonoid-Penguin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Demonoid-Penguin writes "The Linux timezone database was shutdown due to claims it breaches a copyright held by Astralabe, Inc. A civil suit was filed in the Boston Federal court 30th September — the defendant is Arthur Olson who has had to shutdown the ftp server at elsie.nci.nih.gov. Astralabe claim that their recent purchase of ACS Atlas, which is referenced by the tz database, gives them ownership of the information in the database. Microsoft will continue to provide erroneous tz data as they have their own database. Java, Unix, Linux and everybody else that use the tz data will have to find another solution to the problem unless the court decides against Astralabe.
Astralabe, Inc, whose web site has that 1970 built by MS Word look, and may well run on a server built of spit and sticks, won't be feeling any love anytime soon over this move."

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Dumb Card and Dumber User

Demonoid-Penguin Demonoid-Penguin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Demonoid-Penguin (1669014) writes "myki is a creatively named "Smart Card" used to pay fares in the Australian state of Victoria. Yesterday, Dr Stillman, an information technology researcher at Monash University, found his myki account balance was an unexpected $470, 000AU. While having the presence of mind to snap a photograph of the windfall balance, presumably to the joy of the commuters queuing behind him, Dr Stillman tried desperately to add another $5 to his balance. Whereas many would have simply cashed out and carried on, the wily Dr Stillman utilized his IT knowledge and managed to finally reset his balance to $8. Stay tuned for more breaking news as police are called to a domestic disturbance at Dr Stillman's home this evening..... Apparently the ''large, anomalous amount'' was a display error ''triggered by an unusual series of actions, the combination of which is so unlikely as to make it highly improbable that other users will be affected''.

Last March, in a programming error, 20 customers were sent cards with $100,000 balances...."

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Open source computer support software

Demonoid-Penguin Demonoid-Penguin writes  |  about 5 years ago

Demonoid-Penguin (1669014) writes "I am starting self-employment providing computer support for home and small business. I am looking for recommendations for software. Most of the machines being supported run Windows variants — so I use Backtrack, Kon-boot, dd-rescue, clamav, OpenOffice.org, gnucash and Knoppix already. I also support OS/2, OSX and various Linux/BSD distros. Any suggestions for CRM and calendaring solutions (or other useful software)?? My business partner only uses Windows so the ability to host the software on Windows would be advantageous. I try and do as much work as possible in the workshop — so any ideas on how to integrate maps.google/marble/googleearth + scheduling + gps to improve pickup and collection scheduling would be interesting.
Please spare me the "don't do it" stories about tech support — I've been supporting home and small business users for nearly 20 years so I've done almost everything wrong before..."

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