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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Smurf Tags on Linux also (at least in KDE apps) (258 comments)

Update: I just learned that there is indeed a way to tag files in Linux (well, in KDE apps at least). In its current incarnation it is called Baloo, and it is now implemented pretty much like tags are implemented in OS X, that is by incorporating the tags in an extended attribute for the file.

Unfortunately when I google "baloo kde" I do see quite a bit of pages asking or showing how to disable Baloo. I guess it's still in its infancy and still suffers from performance issues. (Baloo actually does much more than tagging, it is the whole file indexing system, so it is more akin to Spotlight on the Mac side.)

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

Smurf Re: Simplest is best (258 comments)

That is fantastic! Thank you very much for the info!

For others that may be interested in file tagging in Linux, it seems there are two systems: the old one called Nepomuk and its replacement Baloo.

Nepomuk uses a database that needs to be running permanently which associates tags and files. That approach has too many drawbacks, and quite frankly would be an unsatisfactory substitute for OS X's tagging.

Baloo, on the other hand, does things the right way, by incorporating the tags into an extended attribute for the file. That is exactly the way it's done in OS X, and it works awesomely provided that you have a good indexing system that indexes those extended attributes like Spotlight does. (Close-to-immediate searches are fundamental for the success of a system-wide tagging system.)

Thanks again for the info!

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

Smurf Tags on OS X (258 comments)

I am aware that the original poster wants to use Linux and may be talked into using Windows but probably not into buying a Mac. But since other people will have the same question and some of them may be Mac users, here it goes:

Many responders have already suggested creating ingenious folder structures that will help you keep a basic level of organization to the photo collection. Use any of those systems, and augment it by making use of OS X's extremely useful tagging feature.

Furthermore, there are many applications, such as the ones made by Ironic Software, that allow you to search, organize, and work with your files in very powerful ways using those tags. Since the tagging system is common to all of them you are not tied to any particular application.

The only downside of this is that you do become dependent on OS X at least until other systems implement tagging.

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

Smurf Re:Simplest is best (258 comments)

I guess it's not your system of choice (nor the submitter's), but OS X does have a very useful tagging feature on the filesystem.

Furthermore, there are many applications, such as the ones made by Ironic Software, that allow you to search, organize, and work with your files in very powerful ways using those tags. Since the tagging system is common to all of them you are not tied to any particular application (although you do become dependent on OS X at least until other systems implement tagging).

4 days ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Smurf Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

Whooops, sorry. I didn't realize Slashdot had logged me out (no wonder there was a captcha!). The previous reply was from me.

about a week ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Smurf Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

I'm replying to a message thread that started with arth1's assertion:

"And in the US of A, a corporation is legally a person. No, I'm not kidding."

to which you were specifically responding. We were all talking about personhood in the USA specifically, but now suddenly you want to pretend that the conversation was about something else.

about a week ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Smurf Re:What a shock (409 comments)

In Germany, even this year, 40% of the wild boars which were tested in Saxony (hunters are required to check animals they killed for radioactivity) showed radioactivity higher than the limit of 600 becquerel/kg, which made them officially unsuitable for human consumption.

Just a small comment: 600 Bq/kg may be officially unsuitable for human consumption, but it's quite frankly a very small amount of radioactivity. In fact, that means that a typical portion of 1/2 pound of meat would have less than 150 Bq, which is what ten regular bananas have.

I'm not saying that Saxonian boars are all perfectly safe to eat, only that German regulations borderline silly.

about a week ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Smurf Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

I'm legally a person, and yet I can't vote, as I'm not a citizen of the US. There are many "limits and exceptions" on the rights of many people that you would certainly agree "are persons legally," like non-citizens, minors, ex-convicts (and convicts, of course).

My point is: The fact that corporations don't have all the rights of other persons is not proof that they are not persons legally.

about a week ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

Smurf Re:Lotus 1-2-3 (156 comments)

Hmmm... I don't recall that incident.

But I can tell you that whatever happened with Lotus 1-2-3 had nothing to do with the M68k to PPC transition, as the two versions of Lotus 1-2-3 for Mac were released in 1991 and 1992 while the first Power Mac was released in 1994.

about 3 months ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

Smurf Re:Lotus 1-2-3 (156 comments)

Ok, that I know of Lotus was never on Apple... wasn't that Visicalc?

Actually, there were a couple of versions of Lotus 1-2-3 for Mac OS.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

Smurf Re:Fear Mongering continued (66 comments)

You are not getting it: It has nothing to do with therapy vs. detection.

The article talks about contraband of radioactive materials. I gave you examples where radioactive materials are used both in therapy (certain kinds of radiotherapy for cancer) and in medical imaging (PET and SPECT). You mentioned none of these examples.

Instead, you gave three examples (x-rays, CT scanners, chemotherapy) none of which use radioactive materials.

Thus you used completely invalid examples to illustrate a very valid point.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

Smurf Re:Fear Mongering continued (66 comments)

(...) how they believe those countries can achieve medical procedures we use every day in hospitals and labs (not including Universities and other research facilities) without radioactive isotopes. Things like X-Rays, Chemotherapy, CT scans, and everything else found in a Nuclear Medicine office (which is a pretty long list).

I agree with pretty much everything you said, but you picked up precisely the wrong examples.

X-ray machines and CT scanners (which are essentially an x-ray tube and detector mounted on a rotating gantry) do not contain any radioactive material whatsoever. Yes, they emit ionizing radiation (in the form of x-rays), but it is not originating from a radionuclide. Other types of tomographic scanners such as PET and SPECT do employ radionuclides injected into the patient, but you precisely didn't mention those.

And chemotherapy... again, that uses chemical agents to treat cancer, not radioactivity. Yes, there is radiotherapy, which in some cases (but not always) relies on radionuclides to deliver an ionizing radiation dose, but again you failed to mention it.

about 4 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Smurf Re:Too many words (98 comments)

The data for the US is almost laughably vague. It could very well be that 1000 requests were made, and 1000 requests were granted.

100% success rate in complying with requests sounds pretty cozy to me...

Following that exact same logic we could argue that 2000 requests were made (involving 3000 accounts) and 0 were granted.

A 0% success rate in complying with requests sounds pretty un-cozy to me...

I agree that the data is worthless, though.

about 5 months ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

Smurf PowerPC (126 comments)

A lot of people here seem to forget that the PowerPC processor architecture that powered the Macs for over a decade was developed jointly by Apple and IBM (and Motorola).

My point: Apple and IBM working together is certainly not unheard of.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Smurf Re:My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

You see you cant buy a disc with aperture on it, only via the app store... and if they remove it from the app store you cant reinstall it when your hard drive crashes. Therefore they CAN make it disappear. All they have to do is wait a short few years for that hard drive to fail.

No one is preventing you from backing up your apps. Why you refuse to do it is totally beyond me.

about 6 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:Backup? (396 comments)

Very good point!

Still the gist of my comment remains: the old, uncorrupted copy of the corrupted file is kept in Time Machine even if the corrupted file ever gets into the backup. Having access to all older versions of your files is what Time Machine is all about!

about 6 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:HFS reliability (396 comments)

All the Macs I've owned have always been my main personal computer, and the first couple were my only computer at the time. I did everything on them: schoolwork, gaming, stuff for my dad's office and for others, etc. Looking back, I believe I spent way more time with them than I should have.

Did I experience system crashes with the dreaded bomb box? Yes, plenty of them. Did I experience sad Macs? Yes, occasionally. (I believe it was supposed to appear on hardware failure, but after restarting the computers continued to hum along for years). I never owned (nor pirated) a copy of Norton Disk Doctor, although I did see it running on other people's computers.

It's not my fault that my experience differs from yours.

about 6 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:Backup? (396 comments)

The parent post is assuming that the user is using Time Machine for the backups. In that case, the checksums are usually not verified (as nine-times said in his reply).

Nevertheless, in some cases Time Machine will perform a "deep" scan, for example if you have not backed up for a long time or if you upgrade your computer's drive. In that case, the corrupted file would be identified as a "change" and would be backed up again, just as you said.

Nevertheless, take into account that the corrupted file is not replacing the original in the backup. Both copies are left there so once you discover the corruption you can use Time Machine to navigate to a backup that is old enough and allow you to recover the file.

about 6 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Smurf Re:HFS reliability (396 comments)

Anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s remembers having to use Norton Disk Doctor and later DiskWarrior at least once per month to repair the filesystem. Entire folders could go randomly missing each time you booted up your Mac, and if you accidentally lost power to your hard drive, the use of one of those was mandatory.

No, not "anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s...". My first Mac was a Mac Plus bought in 1987 (IIRC), and I have never used those tools nor experienced the problems you mention.

about 6 months ago

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Google Backpedals on Turn-By-Turn GPS for iPhone

Smurf Smurf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Smurf (7981) writes "Last October Google's Vice-President of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced that Google would bring turn-by-turn GPS navigation to the iPhone:

However, Google is working with Apple on bringing it to the iPhone, and it's not ruling out licensing the software to makers of portable navigation devices used in cars throughout the world, said Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google for mobile and developers.

Nevertheless, after such plans were confirmed during a press conference in London yesterday, today the "Don't be Evil" company backpedaled on them:

"We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we've had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all," a Google spokesperson told PCWorld.

Doesn't lying through your teeth make you Evil?"

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