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Want to find out about the Swedish Conspiracy? Come to GUADEC this year!
 
GUADEC is the main conference for GNOME users, developers, foundation leaders, individuals, governments and businesses worldwide. GUADEC is not just a software conference though! People come together to meet collaborators from chat rooms and mailing lists, to network, to visit old friends and make new ones, and to have fun.
More info and registration on https://2015.guadec.org/
GUADEC 2015
Fri, August 7, 10:00 AM GMT+2
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Black people think in terms of "we" because we live in a society where the social and political structures interact with us as "Black people".

White people do not think in terms of we. White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals.

You are "you", I am "one of them".

So true.
Why I don’t talk about race with White people
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You know you're doing meaty design work when you say this in the #pitivi IRC channel:

For a second I thought "this might need to use the hamburger icon" but then realized we would have hamburgers everywhere; the Main Hamburger wouldn't be noticeable anymore.
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I could probably make a "symbolic poutine" icon, but I think when it comes to miraculous hot dogs +Máirín Duffy is the best designer for that job ;)
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Fleshing out the plan for the mountain of news that needs to be written about +Pitivi to cover the past few months, I just realized that I would need to write at least eight blog posts soon. That's a lot of focused work.

This got me thinking... Here's a thought experiment: if Pitivi backers all threw a dollar at me (or more) every month, I could probably work on Pitivi for a day a week, or create some pretty detailed blog posts on a per-goal basis.

Throwing the idea out there. Like it? Dislike it? Fill out the form below, anonymously, and let me know. I'm curious. Always been intrigued by alternative funding models like Patreon.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aNiTtMfmb8l9WWSqDtZ-80cEvsYYJb7L36dcgZvV66U/viewform
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Patreon for Pitivi investigative news coverage (or design work)Jeff (http://jeff.ecchi.ca) is one of the maintainers of Pitivi, focusing on design, testing, bug reporting and news coverage. He has been doing that as a volunteer (and will continue to do so). However, as a freelancer, his "free" time is limited (by needing to eat and all that). This is a simple poll to check if there would be public interest in using Patreon.com to let Jeff take time away from business and dedicate a day a week (or more) to w...
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Oh well, so far the message is clear: not worth the trouble of using Patreon. Not for 25 dollars a month.

At the same time, I'm apparently being re-elected prez this year.

I think I'll need help. Or a lot of patience from the readership.
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A few shots taken while walking around in the last few months...
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Since ~2 weeks or so, I started having Intel wifi randomly dying on my Thinkpad X201, where the connection drops and you can't reconnect to networks until you do a complete poweroff and poweron. All you get is the iwlwifi "Failed to load firmware chunk", "Could not load the [0] uCode section" errors in system logs as a hint.

And then you look at
https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=95811
which leads to https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=91171
and you look at the entire thread in https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/4/22/601

...you just don't know anymore if it's a heisenbug introduced in the Linux kernel or if everybody suddenly started having faulty hardware in 2015... Unlike other reporters, I'm not even "moving" with the laptop when this happens. What the heck...

Filed a bug here anyway: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1244350
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Crazy idea: what if all of you DSLR/mirrorless-wielding photographers at #GUADEC shot artsy videos clips throughout the conference (and associated events), dumped the data on my hard drive near the end (or uploaded afterwards) and I edited the whole thing with some catchy dance tune? I'm sure it would look pretty cool.
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+Jeff Fortin Tam Hey, did GUADEC last summer videos ever get published? I wanted to watch them and guys said they were editing them ..and then nothing :/
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I'd like to have multiple (unlimited) addressbooks that I can use with Evolution synched on multiple computers. At the same time, I don't want to run my own dedicated (LDAP?) server and the trouble this entails (including worrying about backups and reliability). Any options out there?
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Nonetheless, this made me think of a potential UI improvement for categories in Evolution: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=752967
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One of the things I've heard from the enterprise side & general public is an interest in polishing +GNOME Shell's extensions system (improving the extensions system's UX, making the system more robust and pleasant for extensions maintainers, etc.). I'm thinking of hosting a discussion session/BoF at #GUADEC 2015 about that. Would you be interested in attending?
BOFs and Hackfests. We'll host BOFs and Hackfests for GUADEC 2015 between August 10-12 at IT-University, right after the main conference days. Doors at IT-University will be open 09:00-18:00. If you would like to host a BOF or a Hackfest, please add it to the list below as soon as possible.
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Thanks, +Jeff Fortin Tam​
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Holy smokes, two hours and a half to encode 11 seconds of 1080p 24fps #VP9 video with libvpx 1.3… Yeah yeah 1.4 is supposed to be faster. Where's my updated package when I need it? Right, it's a library so I need to wait 6 months for a monolithic distro upgrade ;)
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FWIW, found a comparative benchmark against other codecs: http://www.osnews.com/thread?608447

In which we see that VP8 and x264 are equal in encoding speed (!) but VP9 with libvpx 1.4.0 is 2x slower than x265 and 5-6 times slower than x264/VP8.

The thing is, that bench test "only" compares against other encoders, it doesn't compare against libvpx 1.3.x, which is what I'm curious about.
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Sometimes I deal with clients' IT departments. Today they brought me this piece of hilarity:

— IT dept: "We have to talk. We'll be migrating [your client's] SharePoint 2007 instance to Sharepoint 2013. The theme [your client] is using is incompatible with the new version, so we'll have to make a new site and new theme and migrate all your data to it"
— Me: "All that for a theme? Man, just drop the old custom theme crap and let us use whatever is the new default, the client doesn't care"
— IT dept: "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that. The theme cannot be changed. We will have to destroy the instance, make a new one, and migrate the data. So, when would you like that meeting?"
— Me: "What is this I don't even"
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"We're hacking time, we might end up in the goddamn viking age"

Because investigating +Pitivi bugs is funnier if you can plug some Kung Fury references into your bug reports
[ptv] jeff@kusanagi:~/pitivi-git/pitivi$ ((74995ed...)) gdb python GNU gdb (GDB) Fedora 7.9.1-13.fc22 Reading symbols from python...Reading symbols from /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/python2.7.debug...done. done. (gdb) set pagination 0 (gdb) run bin/pitivi Starting program: /usr/bin/python bin/pitivi ...
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And now the (short)film is available on Youtube. :3
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