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Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

Xolotl Re:fdupes -rd (243 comments)

fdupes is excellent and I second that (please mod the parent up!)

The only drawback to fdupes is that the files must be identical, so two identical images but where one has some additional metadata e.g. inside the EXIF won't be deduplicated.

about 3 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

Xolotl Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

If it's a straight cable it's probably a communications cable for a UPS. (really just USB at both ends)

If it has a box in the middle it's most likeley a USB-to-serial cable to connect to a switch, like this one.

about 3 months ago
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Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

Xolotl Re:Another Case of Poe's Law? (399 comments)

The brevity of tweets makes it deceptively easy to assume the worst intent on the part of the writer.

... and puts additional responsibility on the author to choose their words carefully.

about 4 months ago
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Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

Xolotl Re:Another Case of Poe's Law? (399 comments)

Her apology pretty much says it right there: "a needless and careless tweet". If it was "darkly ironic" etc etc it wouldn't be "needless and careless".

She's (was) a PR exec - writing heartfelt apologies is part of her job description. Then again, so is not creating PR disasters for her employer (which this was, even if it was indeed meant as a deep commentary on the lot of poor South Africans), so YMMV I suppose. Anyway, I find it hard to believe this was anything deep and meaningful with a history like this:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenvesp/16-tweets-justine-sacco-regrets-hxg7

about 4 months ago
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Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

Xolotl Re:Another Case of Poe's Law? (399 comments)

You are reading way too much intelligence into her tweet ....

about 4 months ago
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Climatologist James Hansen Defends Nuclear Energy

Xolotl Re:Nuclear: only interim solution, permanent waste (345 comments)

Worse, they're buying coal power from Poland (Poland does not have any power-generating reactors ... yet). All because of shutting down their own nuclear reactors in the wake of the post-Fukushima nuclear-is-bad hysteria.

about 4 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Xolotl Offices .... (453 comments)

This is silly. All this talk of work moving to tablets or smartphones, or laptops replacing desktops (a) misses the point of why we use desktops in the first place and (b) focuses on a relatively narrow selection of the workforce.

The advantages are not in processing power or framerates or whatever, that was largely solved years ago and portable devices get better every year. The advantages are in ergonomics, efficiency and maintenance:

Desktops have:
- an arbitrarily large screen (or mutliple screens)
- a screen which is adjustable in height above the desk as well as angle
- a screen which can be mounted on a wall or other convenient location away from the CPU and keyboard
- a separate keyboard and mouse which can (a) be placed arbitrarily on the desk relative to the screen and (b) can be cheaply and easily replaced when you spill coffee on it or when it gets dirty
- the box can be replaced independently of the monitor, which is good for maintenace if something breaks and good for costs in the upgrade cycle

Now some will argue that all the above can be solved by a docked laptop, and that is true (indeed I am typing this from a docked laptop). But for the vast majority of workers they neither need nor want to take their computer home with them (most office workers) nor should they (e.g. hospital workers). In that case it makes no sense at all for their employer to spend more money on a laptop and docking station when the laptop will never move anyway.

Mobile devices are good for managers, marketers, creative people who like to work in cafes etc, people who need to work in the field and people who take their work home.The vast majority of workers are not these people. They are secretaries, accountants, HR staff, middle management, shop workers, clerical staff, workers in healthcare, in retail, etc etc. People who use spreadsheets, full-screen forms, databases etc. These people have nothing at all to gain from mobility in the work place and everything to lose in terms of ergonomics, and their employers in terms of costs and maintenance.

Even for home use the ergonomics of a separet keyboard, mouse and monitor mean the desktop will often stay (kid spills juice on the keyboard? $10-$50. Spills juice on the laptop? $100-$500.)

That's why desktops are not going anywhere; developers, CAD users and the like are just the power user icing on the cake.

about 4 months ago
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

Xolotl Re:terrorism! ha! (453 comments)

Polysporin contains antibiotics ...

about 5 months ago
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Fuel Rod Removal Operation Begins At Tsunami-hit Fukushima

Xolotl Re:Reprocessing (101 comments)

Pretty much every other nuclear country reprocesses, either themselves or by sending it to be reprocessed. It's only in the US that very little fuel is reprocessed (some is).

about 4 months ago
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Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

Xolotl The study is about the effects of climate change (640 comments)

No one has RTFA it seems ... (I know, I know, /.)

The scientists are being asked to study the effects of climate change on Nebraska, not climate change itself.

in that context restricting them to studying the effects of cyclical changes only is stupid, and the reason for their protest.

See also the longer article here http://www.omaha.com/article/20131024/NEWS/131029338/1707#state-climate-change-study-may-go-begging-for-scientists

about 6 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Xolotl Grey background (1191 comments)

Also, the current text-on-white is much easier to read than text-on-grey ... and the current thin boxes make comment threading easier to understand.

about 7 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Xolotl Layout breaks on snap with a side panel (1191 comments)

With a wide monitor (1920px) I like my browser snapped to half the screen width, so I can do something useful in the other half (also the format is a nice comfortable-to-read portrait). With Unity or another side panel, though, the 'half-screen-width' browser is no longer 1920/2 = 960 pixels wide, it's more like 920 (excluding scroll bar). Which breaks the layout - the right bar doesn't appear, the story boxes spread out wide ...

Also, waaaaay too much whitespace.

Why do we need Metro-look anyway?

about 7 months ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

Xolotl Re:The real question is (311 comments)

Thanks! That makes some sense, though it still seems odd that a car on the GA side can get on to the taxiway and cross a big-jet runway without being stopped by some kind of security ...

about 7 months ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

Xolotl Re:The real question is (311 comments)

Shesh folks.. There are a number of unfenced airports out there. They generally don't carry commercial traffic and it would be easy to get a car on the runway. In fact, there is one not a mile from where I type that I could easily get onto the runway and not ever leave pavement or have to open a gate. Only single engine aircraft usually operate there and there is NO FENCE

Fairbanks International. Regular, commercial 737 flights. 737-used runway. See the problem?

about 7 months ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

Xolotl Re:NOTAM (311 comments)

It's fairly boring. Here is the NOTAM:

FAI FAIRBANKS INTL

!FAI 09/092 FAI TWY FLOAT POND RD AT TWY B CLSD LGTD AND BARRICADED TIL 1309302355

You can find it at Pilotweb, unfortunately I can't immediately see how to post a direct URL. You can see it matches the details in this article.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

Xolotl Re:The real question is (311 comments)

Well I can think of a number of airports I could throw a rock from long term parking and hit (a) terminal building - used to be the case at Heathrow, don't know if it still is - but I get your point :) Thanks.

about 7 months ago

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Obama's Secret Service codename

Xolotl Xolotl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Xolotl (675282) writes "Barack Obama's Secret Service codename is apparently 'Renegade', his wife's is 'Renaissance'. As reported by the BBC there is no longer any need for them to be secret due to encrypted communications. Codenames for past Presidents are also given — some seem strangely appropriate."

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Xolotl Xolotl writes  |  about 10 years ago Hi all!

It seems I have a fan! Hello, joyof! I guess either you're someone I know who's somehow mamaged to work out who I am behind the mask, or I've succeeded in writing something interesting. I hope it's the latter. Anyway, I've added you to my friends list.

By the way, the only reason I haven't posted recently is because I've been extremely busy and haven't had time to read the discussions in depth. Hopefully that will change soon.

Bye for now.

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