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Luca Barbato
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VLC for iOS 2.5.0 is out!

We added support for iCloud Drive, box.com and OneDrive, an 10-band equalizer, sharing media between different iOS devices and a lot of bugfixes.

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VLC for iOS is a port of the free VLC media player to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It can play all your movies and shows in most formats directly without conversion. It allows file synchronization with Dropbox, GDrive, iTunes, direct download and through an embedded upload web server as well as streaming from UPnP media servers. VLC on iOS is completely free and open source.
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Guardate le foto di questa specie, potrebbero essere le ultime, dato che a causa delle lobby animaliste, tra cui la potente e ricchissima LAV, che ostacolano i piani di eradicazione del competitore alieno invasivo, lo scoiattolo rosso nostrano è sull'orlo dell'estinzione. E considerate inoltre che LAV ed ENPA sono Onlus perché dovrebbero tutelare l'ambiente... ed invece contribuiscono attivamente all'estinzione delle specie. [MV]
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Il fotografo impegnato in Regione. L’animale rischia l’estinzione dalle Orobie
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A long rant about airline apps...

The +Aer Lingus app is so bad that after I read through every review. marking all of the accurate ones as "Helpful" and all of the obvious spam as "Spam", I got curious today as to how it could have got that way.

Android apps are named similarly to Java classes, and since in many cases they are developed by Java developers they tend to follow the naming conventions that have emerged in that language.  In this case the app itself identifies it as com.feedhenry... providing me with a simple clue. And then by digging around on the +FeedHenry website, we can even find a quote!

+Ronan Fitzpatrick, who it seems is the Director of Network Distribution of Aer Lingus is quoted on the FeedHenry website as saying:

"The world of mobility is changing at such a fast rate. Staying ahead of the curve in a competitive market, a comprehensive mobile app solution that integrates with our backend systems has delivered a great service to our passengers and attractive ROI for Aer Lingus."

Such chutzpah!  "Comprehensive"? So how come it is missing so much functionality!  "Delivered a great service to our customers"? Approximately 95% of the customers who have taken the time to write an actual review of the Aer Lingus app have rated it at a single star, and these aren't the "it doesn't work on my obscure mobile device so I'll give it a 1" kind of reviews - these are actual well-considered angry tirades.  The only thing I can believe is that it has delivered a great "ROI": which translates as "It cost us feck all to do this and now we can say we have an app!  How cool is that?".

Naturally every passenger on an airline is, by definition, a mobile passenger.  They are moving.  Often from one place where their smartphone's internet connection works, to another, where it doesn't - or is hideously expensive.  So perhaps storing the boarding pass on the phone for their return journey would be a good idea?  Well, yes, it would be a great idea - after all that's what every airline app ever does.  Well almost every app.

Perhaps you're a frequent flyer with an airline, and you install their app to keep track of your bookings and your points?  After all: you're a regular customer, right?  Perhaps even a high-value repeat customer! Of course it should remember your login details, associate your bookings with your frequent flyer status, automatically download your boarding pass before your flight, prompt you to check in?  Tell you about the weather at your destination? Useful?  Nah, there's no need for that sort of thing: just put the website in an IFRAME on the phone and we're done.  Nothing to see here, the website does all these things anyway, amirite?  Why do this stuff twice?

And after all that, when the customer is done with the app, you should absolutely make sure that exiting it so they can listen to music or read their book is as stupid as possible.  If possible make the customer uninstall your app and reboot their phone in order to ensure it's really not running.  It's OK: they can install it again next week if they ever want to see it again.

So, how bad can it be?  I looked through the play store to see how airline apps rated generally.  I've lived in New Zealand up until last year, so maybe I was spoiled by the +Air New Zealand app, and it seems I probably was: with a Play Store rating of 4.4, the top comment there from +Elton Osborne says:

"Take note This is how an app should be written. Well done Air NZ! Classy, well thought out provides everything you need. As a frequent flyer on Air NZ I use this app regularly. So many companies skimp on their app budget and its plain to see that this was not the case here. Shows your upcoming flights cleanly and notifies you of key events from online check in to delays and real time boarding calls at the airport. Not a gimmick like many others and genuinely enhances your travel experience. In my top 5."

At the other end of the scale it looks like +Aer Lingus see the bar as +Ryanair, which is also mostly negative 1 star reviews, managing the same low 2.8 score, because among other airline apps I checked that was the only other one that I found below 3.!  Qantas, at 3.2, was the third-worst score I could find.

I decided to look through all of the carriers I've flown on in the last few years (a certain amount of APAC bias since I only moved to Europe less than a year ago) so here goes:

+airberlin  4.5
+Air New Zealand 4.4
+easyJet   4.3
+Wizzair Virtual Airline 4.2
+JetBlue  4.2
+SAS - Scandinavian Airlines  4.0
+LATAM Airlines Group - LAN & TAM Airlines 4.0
+British Airways  3.9
+American Airlines  3.9
United Airlines 3.9
+Singapore Airlines  3.8
+Virgin Atlantic 3.7
+Thai Airways 3.7
+LOT Polish Airlines 3.6
+Jetstar Australia 3.6
+Virgin Australia 3.5
+Swiss International Air Lines 3.3
US Airways[1] 3.3
+Qantas 3.2 (budget brand Jetstar scores better)
+Ryanair 2.8
+Aer Lingus 2.8

(I was unable to link to the United or US Airways G+ pages)

Note that RyanAir has 1-5 million installs, whereas Aer Lingus is 100-500k.  Air New Zealand is also 100-500k, and airberlin, the highest scorer, has a significantly smaller audience at 10-50k.

And so a significant majority of my fellow travellers on these airlines depend on their smartphone.  Millions of people have these airline apps installed on their phones, and this device Is the first thing out of their pocket when we land, arranging for the next mobile experience.

For me, in Dublin, that's +Hailo which gets me to and from the airport.  And it works.
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E` bene ricordare sempre che la coltivazione di cereali uccide un a quantita` abnorme volpi (e canidi) gatti (e assimilati) e roditori/mustelidi.

A parita` di nutrienti, mangiare struzzi (allevati anche in Italia) e canguri e` la scelta che porta meno morti.
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La domanda che vorrei porre ai filosofi dell'antispecismo è semplice: perché il tuo cane o gatto può mangiare carne mentre a me dev'essere proibito?
Una risposta apparentemente sensata potrebbe essere: "perché l'uomo può rinunciare alla carne, sostituendola con una dieta vegana ben equilibrata, mentre i cani e i gatti hanno bisogno della carne per mantenersi in salute".
Accettiamo l'obiezione (seppur con qualche riserva, perché non sono del tutto persuaso che l'uomo possa bandire completamente la carne senza risentirne minimamente nemmeno a lungo termine e nemmeno nelle fasi di sviluppo). Pur accettando tale obiezione, la domanda iniziale rimane sostanzialmente simile: perché non vietare il possesso di animali carnivori, in modo da eliminare lo sfruttamento di altri animali destinati a diventare cibo per gli animali prediletti dall'uomo? Anche questo è antropocentrismo: scegliere secondo le preferenze umane quali animali accudire e quali uccidere per dargli in pasto ai prediletti.
Si potrebbe vietare per legge l'allevamento, la riproduzione e la detenzione di cani e gatti, inoltre si potrebbero attuare sterilizzazioni di massa per ridurre al minimo e contenerne il numero dei randagi (si osservi che cani e gatti non esistono in natura, sono animali modificati dall'uomo attraverso selezione artificiale, quindi la natura non ne risentirebbe della loro riduzione, tutt'altro dato che i gatti rappresentano un rischio per la fauna selvatica).
Accettiamo, come dicevo, che sia vero che l'uomo possa rinunciare alla carne, ma è senz'altro vero che l'uomo può rinunciare alla compagnia di cani e gatti!
La questione non va posta nei termini in cui la pongono gli antispecisti (vietare il consumo di carne per impedire che vengano sfruttati ed uccisi animali), perché di fatto gli animali vengono uccisi comunque: o per il consumo umano o per il consumo degli animali da compagnia. Quindi si tratta di decidere cosa è più importante: mangiare carne o avere animali che mangiano carne.
Faccio notare che il consumo di carne di un cane di grossa taglia è maggiore a quello di un uomo, quindi perché vietare di mangiare carne ad un uomo ma permettere di avere un cane che consuma carne più di un uomo?
Se non abbiamo diritto di ammazzare gli animali per mangiarli, allora non abbiamo nemmeno diritto di ammazzarli per darli in pasto ai nostri "pelosetti".

La prossima volta che un animalista, ostentando superiorità morale, cerca di farvi sentire in colpa perché mangiate carne, fategli notare che lui, avendo cani e gatti, consuma più carne di voi.
Se incontrare un animalista che, nel vano tentativo di sentirsi a posto con la coscienza, ha veganizzato cani e gatti, ditegli che è una forma di maltrattamento, che preferisce maltrattare animali pur di soddisfare l'egoistico desiderio di avere la loro compagnia.
Se incontrate un antispecista coerente, che ha rinunciato a cani e gatti, fategli notare che dovrebbe combattere egualmente sia il consumo di carne sia il possesso di animali che consumano carne, cosa che di certo non si è mai vista fare.
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Riassunto delle puntate precedenti.
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We just release VLC for Android 1.2.0

This is a minor release adding minor features and fixing numerous bugs.

It notably adds:
- Simple audio playlist support
- Playback last video action
- Sorting by modified date
- Cover art for video
- Directory exclusion from media library
- Double lock on video playback lock mode
- Better TV navigation and recommendations

It also fixes:
- volume and brightness sensibility
- black theme
- numerous crashes, notably on 2.x
- video speed between video

Have fun!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc
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(no I won't mentor this year, hopefully)
 
Just about 2 days until the deadline for student applications for this year's program. Don't delay, submit today! 
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Chiamatela "Vivisezione" anche se non c'è Sezione in Vivo, perché gli animalisti hanno detto che si deve chiamare così.
Chiamatela "Vivisezione" anche se è un vocabolo che non rientra nella terminologica scientifica (nelle pubblicazioni si usa "in vivo"), perché non devono essere gli scienziati a coniare termini scientifici bensì la propaganda ideologica antiscientifica.
Chiamatela "Vivisezione" perché è una parola che suscita reazioni emotive pregiudicando il ragionamento, come scrisse Le Bon «Il potere di una parola non dipende dal suo significato, ma dall'immagine che essa suscita. La ragione e gli argomenti logici non riescono a lottare contro certe parole e certe formule.»
Chiamatela "Vivisezione" e dite che "sperimentazione animale" è un termine che i vivisettori usano per nascondere ciò che realmente fanno.
Chiamate "Vivisezione" tutte le diverse ed eterogenee ricerche su animali perché, come scrisse Orwell «Non ti accorgi che il principale intento della neolingua consiste proprio nel semplificare al massimo le possibilità del pensiero?»
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No worries Linux users, no OEM ever will remove that option, Secure Boot is still awesome

and if not, you can always install a certified BigBoy kernel

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/03/windows-10-to-make-the-secure-boot-alt-os-lock-out-a-reality/
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And macs so far do not have the problem at all...
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I'm happy now =)
 
For those who want to test WebM live streaming with +Icecast:
avconv -f video4linux2 -re -input_format mjpeg -framerate 30 -video_size 640x360 -i /dev/video0  -f WebM -g 5 -content_type video/webm icecast://source:password@example.org:8000/test.webm I've tested this on latest git. Note that Icecast support in the latest stable avconv release is broken, releases before that might work.
There are 4 noteworthy parameters:
- -video_size 640x360  I've had to use quarter of the webcam resolution, because it looked like the webcam wouldn't deliver stable output at full resolutions. This will obviously depend on the hardware/input used.
- -input_format mjpeg  Also depends on the hardware used, might also be YUYV or h264
- -framerate 30  Doesn't seem to do anything(?), but was supposed to match the framerate of the input device
- -g 5  This one is rather important, as the default won't work for streaming. It sets the GOP ratio, so the keyframe interval. You can experiment with this. My quick testing shows that especially browsers seem to have problems with a stream that doesn't have a keyframe near the start. Values up to 10 seem to work reliable. Setting it too low drives the bitrate up and the quality down. YMMV.
I left out audio, as I was only testing video playback, but adding that in should be trivial.
Thanks +Luca Barbato and +Marvin Scholz for your work!
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+Thomas Raschbacher using the m stream specifier doesn't do what you want now that I think about it?
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