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We're apparently the only people around who have random videos of our kids doing various things shot with random phones or cameras that don't always get the rotation right. 

Because I just went through several different video players until I found one that allowed me to rotate the video to be right side up.

smplayer for the win.

But that's after trying too many alternatives.

Even VLC, that does pretty much anything and has an overly fancy video geometry thing that allows you to rotate the video by an arbitrary amount gets it completely wrong. Not only does it make it unnecessarily hard to actually do a simple 90° rotation (because obviously you want an analog input thing that makes it possible to rotate by something like 82°, but no obvious way to just fix a vertical video?), but then it keeps the end result within the original aspect ratio box so that the skewed end result is wrongly cropped. I'm sure you can use another setting to edit that aspect ratio too, but after that amount of crazy who cares any more?

And the fact that we must be the only ones to ever encounter this is odd, since google actually finds a lot of people asking for this (usually with the answer being "use ffmpeg to re-encode the whole video correctly", which is one of those answers that are "technically correct, but incredibly stupid").

I'm sure there are plugins for other players, but I would like to congratulate the smplayer developers for just making it easy for people. And it even seems to remember the setting (per video!) so that once you've corrected one video you don't have to correct it over and over again.
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With all the hate vertical video is getting lately you'd think there would be more of a counter movement towards standalone vertical video players 
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Judging by the size of linux-next for version 3.15, the next release is going to be one of the bigger releases (in number of commits) in some time.

And while the merge window has another week to go, what is in the current -git tree should be the bulk of the merges. There will certainly be more, but we've already cracked the 10k commit limit.

So if you are feeling adventurous, and don't mind compiling a kernel out of a git tree, and like the notion of starting testing early, I must encourage you to try now. The sooner we make sure we've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's, the better off we'll be.

Get it first, get it fresh:
  git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git
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+Linus Torvalds Good News :)
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Q: How can you tell when a kernel maintainer is European?

A: He describes some of the changes as written by "Alexandre Belloni, Jean-Jacques Hiblot and other French people".

.. because clearly it's too hard to keep track of all those French people that presumable nobody cares about anyway. 

Heh. 
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Btw Europe has 3 big parts, the part north of the alps, south of the alps, and then we have the French. We all love them for inventions like "Trottoir roulant rapide" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trottoir_roulant_rapide) its so cool, but in real life it just dont work...
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One of my pet peeves (and yes, I've got a lot of them) is how my grocery store that carries high-quality groceries also is all crazy about homeopathy. Apparently there s a sad overlap between "I like my foods not overly processed" and "I am a big moron when it comes to medicine".

Guys, Homeopathy is a scam. And when even the manufacturers know that and try to make their products actually do something by adding real medicine into it, you have to ask yourself just how stupid you have to be to believe these jokers/scammers.
They actually contain ingredients for a change, and that could be harmful.
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Walgreen's (an American drug store chain) also carries some homeopathic products. It's a marketing choice, I gather.
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I'm combining elements from two very different projects I started..

In +Subsurface, I originally used XML as the save file format, because while it is probably the worst format ever designed, it's what other projects used, and subsurface wasn't originally really capable enough to stand on its own.

Now, I did the best that I could with XML, and I suspect the subsurface XML is about as pretty and human-readable as you can make that crap, but it really doesn't scale as a file format, and it's generally a complete disaster. 

So me and +Dirk Hohndel (who maintains subsurface, I long since gave up that role) have been idly talking about better save formats for months now. But binary formats are evil and generally not extensible, and besides, you want replication and network transparency, plus the ability to combine dives from many different sources. Binary blobs are just horrible for all of these things.

So I've wanted to use the +Git object database format, because it's actually very well designed if I say so myself. Not only does efficient deduplication and compression, it has the advantage that it still does a really good job at line-based textual representations, while allowing a very natural representation of multiple different events as separate files, with git itself tying it all together.

And you get backups and history for free, plus a lot of tools to look at it all, seeing readable diffs for format changes or just new dives etc. In fact, both I and Dirk ended up already using git to track our XML files, because of these issues, but it wasn't very nicely integrated.

So I've been thinking about this for basically months, but the way I work, I actually want to have a good mental picture of what I'm doing before I start prototyping. And while I had a high-level notion of what I wanted, I didn't have enough of a idea of the details to really start coding.

Until a couple of days ago, when everything came together.

So now I'm happily hacking on a new save format using "libgit2", and apart from the git_treebuilder interface being horrible I think I'm making good progress. 
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So last year I was at the Women of Vision awards gala in the Bay Area. Almost exactly a year later, I attended a rather smaller, more local but more personal version of that: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Congrats to Patricia.
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There is a real downside to working with a walking desk that the industry hasn't fully acknowledged. 

When you aren't sitting down, the cat cannot jump up onto your lap and lie there enjoying her human heat-source.  So instead, said cat will jump up on the desk and try to annoy you into picking her up by covering the monitor or batting at the cursor on the screen.

This makes the merge window "interesting". At least I haven't bought into the touch-screen crazy - another "improvment" to technology that people clearly didn't think all the way through wrt cat ownership.
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Touchscreens always have the gorilla arm problem, which can't be fixed unless arm support is added. A touchscreen will never replace a proper keyboard either.
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Minky caught a shrew. 

Again.

And brought it into the house.

Again.

And promptly let it go.

Of course.

Now the shrew sits behind our washing machine. 
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Has anybody yet mentioned the Taming Of Your Shrew?
Just a thought.
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Required reading to understand why Swedes are the way they are. I'm resharing this from one of the crazy bastards, and his reaction was to lament the fact that he can't get the really "good" stuff where he lives now.

They have this great PR department, and all people outside of Sweden seem to know about them always seems to involve hot women with blue eyes. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!
 
Now I need to place an order from http://www.swedishfoodshop.com/. Unfortunately they only have Röda Ulven, which is a pretty mediocre brand. But they have tunnbröd so it can be consumed like it was meant to.

As almost all reviewers of surströmming, this author seems to make the mistake of thinking that you just cut a piece of fish off and eat it. It's not how it's done, and yes that would be quite stomach-turning.
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I don't think surströmming is that bad, but my mom have eaten it a couple of times a year so I am used to the "aroma".
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Whee, Netgear, you kind of suck.

So I have had a Netgear N600 (WNDR3700v2) for a while, and yesterday I made the mistake of upgrading its firmware. With all the router stuff in the news, I thought I should do it. Because newer is better, right?

The "upgrade" brought back the bad old days in the configuration setup interface, but hey, I remember those days, so I didn't mind too much.  It was prettier for a while, but I can take ugly when I look at that interface maybe once a year.

But then, several hours later, I start getting emails about my WiFi thermostats no longer phoning home. Unrelated? I don't think so (but see edit). 

And sadly, Netgear has removed the old firmware version that had the prettier configuration interface, and that used to actually work. Oops.

Are there any good routers that just work? And no, I'm not in the least interested in dicking around with custom firmware, part of the "just work" package is that the damn thing shouldn't need that.

Recommendations, people?

Edit: it seems that the thermostat problem wasn't in my network, and really was unrelated after all. So I guess I can live with the ugly configuration interface.

Edit2: Ok, switched to OpenWRT.
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Apple's wifi router is super sweet and reliable, but it is BSD based ;)
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